15 Kidnap Victims, Bank Manager Regain Freedom In Delta

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    IGP Mohammed Adamu

    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    Fifteen kidnapped victims including a bank Manager, at the Ekreravwen section of the East-West Road in Ughelli North Local Government  Area of Delta state, has been reportedly regained their freedom. 
    AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that the victims were kidnapped last Wednesday, and reportedly regained freedom, Tuesday October 12, 2020.
    Also, the manager of a new generation bank who was kidnapped on his way to work in Effurun, Uvwie council area of the state, last Monday, has been released by his captors.
    Sources said that, “It was reported last weekend that four persons, including the driver of the inter-state transit bus, were released last Thursday.

    “it was also be recalled that  last week, an uncertain number of persons had been abducted along the busy route, with about five sustaining bullet wounds in the attack.
    “It was also gathered that freed victims paid various sums, from N500, 000 to N5 million, as ransoms before they regained their freedom.
    “Reportedly, a report had it that, the gunmen led the victims to the point of abduction, before fleeing to their hideout, which is estimated as five kilometres away from the attack spot.”
    It could not be confirmed whether all other abductees have also been released.
    Sources also said that, “more than 25 commuters were abducted, but were later split into two and taken to separate locations by the over a dozen hoodlums”.

    A freed victims told a source that they were fed twice daily by women who supplied food to the camp.
    “The boys were masked and armed with sophisticated guns. They threatened to kill us if we allowed the Police to know their whereabouts. 
    “The men among us were thoroughly beaten and injured by the kidnappers. They use the butt of the gun to hit me three times.
    “Over 25 of us were kidnapped but midway into the journey, they shared us into two groups. 
    “Those injured were left to go. We had 15 of us in my group. We don’t know where the other victims were taken to, but they were escorted by another group of gunmen.
    “They took us across three rivers before we got to their hideout inside a thick forest. We were blindfolded during most part of captivity except when we are to eat. We saw women in the camp. They were in charge of the food. We were also blindfolded when they released us, “a victim said to a source.
    When contacted for comments, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the release of only 11 persons of  that was attacked on Wednesday.
    She said, “the Police only has record of those victims who reported to them.
    “We really don’t know about that. What we know is that the total number so far released is 11, including the ones that were earlier released. Because it is those who reported to the police station we can account for, “.
    She further confirmed the release of the bank manager, saying, “he has been released since”.

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