By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€” A 76-year-old woman, Mrs Ibiwari Brown, who was kidnapped two months ago in Abalama, Asari-Toru local government area of Rivers State has been set free, even as the family refused to pay the N38 million ransom demanded by the abductors.
Precisely, the woman was picked up on June 18, 2009, at about 9:00pm from her home, and was said to have attempted to escape from her abductors on August 2, 2009, but her effort was frustrated when she was recaptured at a fishing settlement where she had sought help.
Son of the senior citizen, Chief Aroloyoteim Brown, said in a statement made available to Vanguard in Port HarcourtÂ that â€œtwo months after, the kidnappers resorted to torturing this old woman. She was flogged several times like a common criminal. From June 18 to August 22, she had no water to bath.
â€œHer room was her toilet and she was fed with Indomie once a day. The ration was not enough to feed a three-year-old child. The treatment became worse when they realized that they had â€˜invested in a bad marketâ€™. The food ration changed and mama cried and begged them for foodâ€.
According to him, she narrated her ordeal that â€œwhen food was no more available to her, she would bless the glass of water given to her before drinking it. That served as food and her hunger will be satisfied.
â€œBeing frustrated, mama attempted to escape from these men on August 2, 2009 at about 10:00pm. She went to a nearby fishing settlement and asked to see the head of the settlement but no one was willing to assist.
â€œShe was recaptured by the morning of August 3, 2009 and taken back to the camp. They agreed that she will be killed and so she was moved to their shrine and they hit her face hard with the palm.
â€œShe was then blindfolded and they were ready to kill her when suddenly my call went through to them and they suspended the action. At that time ,she was already on the ground in front of the shrine as a sacrificial animal, almost dead.
â€œThey then called back and told me that she was dead and gave me the option of coming to carry her corpse or permitting her burial. When they went back few hours later perhaps to bury her, she was found alive and crying like a baby. She was taken back to her room and permanently lucked up.
â€œOn Friday 21st,Â they decided to setÂ mama free. On their way, the speed boat had an accident. It was in the night. She was left in the mangrove till the 22nd. She was moved from there to a fishing settlement at a place called â€˜Namasibiâ€™ around the New Calabar Riverâ€.