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Kidnappers deny seizing N3m from journalists, its N1.6m

Wahab Oba addressing the press yesterday in Umuahia.

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Contrary to the widely publicised statement credited to the just released Chairman Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Wahab Oba, from kidnappers den that the sum of N3 million was seized from them, the kidnappers were said to have denied the amount saying they only collected about N1.6 million from them.

It will be recalled that Oba on arrival in Lagos from Abia State Sunday evening,  told Journalists that a total sum of N3 million was seized from them by the kidnappers.

Oba, who was also taken to the headquarters of the State Security Service SSS at Shangisha, Ikosi- Isheri Local Council Development Area Monday evening, told Vanguard that the kidnappers had put a call across to some people denying ever collecting such amount.

His words: “I was surprised when I saw the report today that a sum of N3 million was seized from us by the kidnappers. I must have been misunderstood, what   I meant was that the total value of what the kidnappers seized from us would amount to about N2.5 million or N3 million in total value.

“At least about N1.6 million in cash was seized from us instantly while other properties such as Vehicle, a Serena Space bus, Laptop, camera, tape recorder, personnel effects, wristwatches, among other valuables should worth about N2 million.

“We got N1 million from Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Godswill Akpabio as a fulfillment of his promise to assist us for a project we are embarking on in Lagos while other money collected from all of us should be about N600,000.

“It is most likely the kidnappers acted based on information because they were getting information on us minute by minute with a threat to kill us anytime.”

Speaking at his residence, Oba, who was looking more refreshed as against Sunday when he looked unkempt, said they got more afraid of their lives when they kept on seeing corpses along the bushes and forest they were made to pass through. But in the end we thank God, because we came out alive, hale and hearty.”

However, men of the state SSS whisked Oba in an unmarked van to their Shangisha office at about 4 pm apparently to ask him information on the N3 million and other essential information concerning their ordeal.

At about 6 pm when Vanguard left Oba’s residence, the SSS were yet to return him back to his family.


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