By Gabriel Enogholase, Benin
FOR an accident involving the vehicle used by her kidnappers taking her out of the city to an unknown destination, a 26 years old woman, Annabel Erikowa who was abducted from her father’s hotel may have become a forgotten victim of the kidnap syndicate.
She was rescued by the Police based at Iguobazuwa, Ovia South Local government area of Edo state at Ofusu where the accident occurred.
Annabel who works in her father’s resort located at Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State was abducted by four gunmen last week who forced her into their vehicle after blind folding her.
The kidnappers were heading to an unknown destination when the vehicle in which they conveyed their victim crashed around Ofosu town, along Benin-Lagos highway.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Edo Command, Mr. Agberebi Egbuson disclosed that the Police in Iguobazuwa division on receipt of a distress call of an accident, rushed to the scene.
They were however amazed when four of the five accident victims that they were supposed to rescue took to their heels on sighting the police.
“When the policemen approached the scene, four young men around the vehicle took to their heels. We later realized that they were actually kidnappers as a young girl was found inside,” the DCP disclosed.
Narrating her ordeal in the hands of her abductors, Annabel said she was in her father’s hotel in Lagos when four heavily armed men ordered her to a waiting vehicle and later blind folded her while they embarked on a long journey.
Annabel who has since re-united with her family could not say what led to the accident or where it occurred but affirmed that police’s arrival scene made her abductors to abandon her.