Monday 19 December 2016

My family paid N2m ransom before I was released – kidnap victim, Adoyi Omale

Former council Chairman of Ogbadibo local government of Benue State, Hon. Adoyi Omale has revealed that his family parted with a whopping sum of N2m before he regained freedom from his abductors.

Hon. Adoyi was kidnapped by gunmen with full military regalia at Ajaokuta, Kogi State, by 2pm of Monday, 12th December while travelling from Abuja to his country home, Owukpa in Benue State.

Though they were 5 occupants of the car, it was only Hon. Adoyi that the gunmen whisked away, leaving the remaining 4 Co-travelers and his car by the main road.

He was,however, freed on Thursday, 15th December, after a ransom was paid by the family.

Narrating his ordeal in Abuja on Sunday, the former council Boss said it was the most terrible part of his life and he wished that even his enemies should not experience it.

“I ran into a terrorist group at Ajaokuta, they looked like Fulani Herdsmen or Boko Haram, and I was taken for 4 days. It was gruesome, without water, without food. We trekked more than 100 kilometres, for the 4 days I spent in the forest, we were always trekking.hon2

“It’s not everyone who passes through such rigorous and traumatic experience that could come back alive. I now know why the kidnapped Rev. Fr. John Adeyi died in their custody.

“We were in a tick forest, following dried water channels, rocks, mountains, valleys, in fact, it was only God that delivered me, just like He delivered Jonah from the mouth of fish and Daniel from the Lion’s den.

“I am happy that my family were able to raise the ransom money and I was set free, after 4 days,” Adoyi said.

Hon. Adoyi also disclosed that his abductors, most of whom were Hausa/Fulani, also have intelligent personnel among them who always carry laptop computers and other digital gadgets.

“I was surprised when one of them broke into my phones without me giving him my passwords, and he perused through all my contacts, chats and even Facebook posts on my wall, to see my stands on religious issues,” he revealed.

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