BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — SEVEN suspected kidnappers of a grandfather, Pa Akinyele Akerele, have been arrested by police detectives in Ondo State.
The suspects reportedly invaded Akerele’s residence in Igbobini area of the state on May 4 and whisked him away.
Akerele was said to have been taken by his abductors through the sea to Sapele in Delta State.
Efforts by security operatives to locate and rescue him in the creeks in the last one month has been futile until last week when they, acting on tip-off, stormed the kidnappers’ hideout.
Family of Akerele informed Vanguard that the kidnappers decided to hold on to their octogenarian father when they could not meet their demand of N17million ransom.
Narrating his ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers to newsmen in Akure, Akerele said he never knew he could survive the ordeal.
He said the kidnappers, after he was taken forcefully blindfolded him until they were on the high sea.
According to him, “as soon as we got to Sapele, they removed the blindfold because it was useless then.”
Akerele said his abductors fed him on (garri) cassava flakes for the whole month. He said: “I was flogged and beaten mercilessly especially when they realised that money was not forthcoming. I never knew I could come out of it at all much less of being alive today.
“Since my existence in life I have never suffered as much as I did in the last one month in the kidnappers’ den. I was kept in a dirty place, inside the water. They changed positions every two weeks.
“When the Police came to rescue me, I was shocked and surprised immediately the Police identified me and told me it was over.”
Speaking on the arrest of the suspect, the state Police image maker, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the incident and said investigation was still on-going.
Ogodo gave the names of the suspects to include David Iteli a.k.a Police,Meetin Ebi, Omosola Olorujuwon a.k.a Jarule,Owei Yanboh,Toyin Asuluwon Emisa a.k.a minister,Oluwafemi Asogbon, Austin Shbija.