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Nigerian Army Releases Bridegroom After 24 Days in Custody

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In a twist of events, the Nigerian Army has released Peter Chibuzo Agwu, who was infamously arrested on his wedding day inside a church in Abia State on December 16, 2023. The groom’s release occurred after spending 24 days in custody at the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army headquarters in Enugu State. Chibuzo Agwu’s ordeal gained public attention when it was initially reported on December 21, 2023, that operatives of the Nigerian Army arrested him inside the Zion Glory Gospel Church during his wedding. The arrest allegedly happened because someone on the military’s wanted list shared the wedding invitation on Facebook.

Chibuzo’s release was confirmed, and the bridegroom himself briefly acknowledged it in a telephone conversation, expressing, “I have been released. I will talk to you later,” before promptly switching off his phone. The details of his release have not been disclosed.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, had initially confirmed Chibuzo’s arrest on December 22, 2023, stating that it was connected to a kidnap case under investigation. However, a preliminary report indicated Chibuzo’s innocence and lack of involvement or connections to the incident, assuring his prompt release.

Despite this assurance, Chibuzo remained in solitary confinement at the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu State, causing emotional distress to the bride and her mother-in-law. The bride, in a previous statement, expressed the emotional trauma she and her family endured, detailing their frequent visits to the Army headquarters with the hope of Chibuzo’s swift release.

Chibuzo Agwu’s release marks the end of a challenging episode, raising questions about the circumstances leading to his arrest on what was meant to be a joyous occasion.

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