I fed on eba for 2wks – Kidnapped Edo lawmaker
BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
AFTER spending thirteen days with kidnappers, the member representing Esan Central in Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Victor Edoror, Saturday, regained his freedom.
The lawmaker was abducted on 3 February, 2013 by armed men suspected to be kidnappers, after he attended a meeting at his constituency in Edo Central. It was learnt that the suspected kidnappers request to the family to pay ransom in dollars delayed his release.
Edoror, who thanked God for his life, told journalists in Benin City that his abductors abandoned him at a village close to Abraka in Delta State, disclosing that he fed on eba without meat during his captivity.
The lawmaker narrated: “I went to my constituency. As I was coming to Benin that Sunday, I was abducted by the kidnappers. The abductors came in a Jeep and a car and took me and my driver. I was blindedfolded immediately. I don’t know where I was taken to . I was driven in their own car while my driver was taken in my own car.
“They tied me with rope until today which is about 14 days I was blind folded. At the time they were taking me, they were about eight, fully armed. I had a licensed double barrel gun with me but what could I do with it in that kind of situation?”, he said.
He added: “I was humiliated, beaten, and kept in a cubicle. They said they had been monitoring me; they trailed me all the way from Irrua. They said they were sent to kill me but, because of what they saw in me, they decided to spare my life.
“I fed once a day on miserable ‘eba’. But all the same I needed to eat to stay alive. Initially they demanded N90 million, but they knew there was no way I could provide that money. I pleaded with them and it got to a point where I was ready to die because my family is very poor and could not raise such money.
“The money they demanded, all my family, put together, could not spend that money to feed in their entire lives. I think they (kidnappers) were tired and they just left me go. I was dropped around Abraka in Delta State. I didn’t know the place. I had to beg a good Samaritan that took me to Abraka town where I chartered a taxi that dropped me at the legislative quarters.”