By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA—MR. Marshal Chukwdike, a Millennium Development Goal, MDG, Ambassador, yesterday narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, who kept him in their den for seven days while demanding ransom of N150 million.
Though Chukwudike declined to say how much his family paid for his release, it was gathered that N5 million was eventually paid after several negotiation as the abductors who earlier demanded N150 million had to come down when it became obvious that the family could not pay them more.
The MDG Ambassador, a native of Eziagu, Anambra State, was among four persons, including two traditional rulers, kidnapped in the state penultimate week.
He was kidnapped in the state capital by a nine-man heavily armed kidnap gang at Kwata junction, along Onitsh / Enugu expressway. .
Reliving his ordeal after visiting the state commissioner of police, Mr. Ballah Nasarawa, Chukwudike said the kidnappers blind folded him, tied his hands and legs and drove him to an unknown destination but said, however, he was not tortured by his abductors.
He said: “I just finished a meeting with one of the governorship aspirants, who is a friend of mine in the state at Finotel Hotels on Tuesday last week and as I was driving along the express at Kwata junction, some men came out with their vehicle doors wide open and pointed guns at me.
“They ordered my brother to run away and opened fire on my Chrysler car radiator and whisked me away. I did not know where they took me to.
“To be sincere, the people were kind to me. They offered me food but I refused and on the third day, I had to eat because I am an ulcer patient. They told me that they were not after my life but after my money.
“What I can remember is that there was a house where I was kept. it was a horrible experience and I was blindfolded for the seven days.
He said that four of the kidnappers said they were graduates, and that what lured them into kidnapping was lack of empowerment.