Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Abducted corps members in Rivers regain freedom

MEMBERS of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), who were kidnapped from Ogonokom community, Abua/Odual LGA of Rivers State have regained their freedom.
Reports reaching the Nigerian Tribune have said  that the three  corps members recently kidnapped in Rivers State have been freed by their abductors.

The corps members, Ogwuche Martins, Lijoka Richard and Nwachukwu Chinonye Esther, who were abducted at their lodge in Ogonokom, Abua-Odual Local Government, were released  exactly two weeks after their kidnap.

Narrating their ordeal, one of the victims who pleaded anonymity said that he was surprised at the attack as it was never expected that such a thing could happen to them. He narrated that everything happened in a jiffy and the next minute, they found themselves on an unknown island.

According to him,”it happened after I went outside to ease myself. Few minutes, later I heard a big bang on my door and some men came in with rifles.
They then led me to the waterside where the boat was. They also took two other people and took us to an unknown island.

“We didn’t know weather we were still in Rivers State or not. Since that time till our release, we were living in the bush. We never had our bath or washed our mouth. Though they didn’t torture us, they only threatened us to make calls to those who could give them money to pay our ransom.”
Also speaking, another victim, who explained that they were robbed of their valuables which included laptops, phones and some cash, confirmed that they were not molested in any manner.

“They pushed my door open. I knelt down immediately and started begging them. They took my phones and my systems. They now took me with them to the waterside. They took us to an unknown destination. It took us over  two hours to get to the island. So we didn’t know if we were still in Rivers State or not.

“On the island, there were nine guys who changed duty everyday. They threatened us in many ways but they never touched us or did anything to us. They consistently called our Local Inspector (LI) for negotiations which they started with 20 million naira.”

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