My ordeal in kidnappers’ camp, by NTA reporter

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BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE —  The nursing mother and reporter with Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Akure, Ondo State, Mrs Olubunmi Oke, released by his abductors, Saturday, has narrated her three-day ordeal in the camp of the kidnappers.

According to her, “I noticed a car following me at high speed, so I had to increase the speed with which I was driving and I rolled up my glass.

Mrs Olubunmi Oke

Mrs Olubunmi Oke

“Very close to Jojein Hotel, Oba-Ile, the road was very bad. So I had to slow down to carefully maneuvre through the potholes. It was at that point that they levelled up with me and I was double-crossed.

“I asked them what my offence was. I even offered them my car keys but three of them, armed with guns, dragged me into their car. One of them got into my car and drove behind us.

“They drove through Owode to FUTA and to Ondo. They told me they were taking me to DeltaState but when we got to Ore, they blindfolded me.

“They blindfolded me from Thursday night till Saturday night when I was released. So it was impossible for me to know where I was.

“My housemaid and six-month-old baby were in the car with me. They dropped them on the road before driving my car away. They later got home in a public transport. I learnt they later dropped my car at Igbara-Oke.

“At present, the car is with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. When I was released on Saturday, they gave me my car keys. I hope to get the car during the week.

Nobody sent them against me

“Nobody sent them to me. It was a case of random kidnapping. I just walked into their hands. I do not want to believe anyone sent them to me because when they got me, they were asking me series of questions, ‘Where do you work?’ ‘Who are you?’

“I think that showed clearly that they did not know anything about me. I think the car I was driving coupled with the way I was dressed (I read news that evening; so I still had my clothes and jewelry on) made them think I was a good catch.

No ransom was paid

“The men of the SSS took charge of the situation; the SARS and God’s intervention were also there. So, we did not pay.

“ Also, the fact that they got to know that I was a journalist and that the news was everywhere hastened my release.

“My experience in their hands was not palatable. For days, I could only drink water. I just believe now that I am back home, God is my security.”

 

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