Kidnap victims, Major Azuka Asoya (rtd) and his wife, Elizabeth who were recently released by their abductors yesterday narrated how their family members paid N3.4million ransom before their release was secured.
Speaking to journalists at their Okpanam home town, the victims said: “we were subjected to pains and inhumanity for days after which our abductors attempted to kill us. We were put on bare floor to sleep after they blindfolded us at gun points”.
Also speaking, the Ugonni of Okpanam, HRM Michael Mbanefo Ogbolu, expressed gratitude to Nigerians for their prayers during the trying periods of the victims and called on residents of the community to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the law enforcement agents without delay.
He said: “It is common knowledge that there can hardly be any successful case of kidnap, armed robbery or organised crime without the active involvement of indigenes or very close persons to the victims acting as informants to the criminal gang”. He lamented that apart from the payment of the N3.4million ransom made for the release of the retired major and his wife, the kidnappers callously chopped off a finger each from the hands of the victims in a crude way.
The monarch, however, disclosed that elders of Okpanam will take spiritual measures to ensure the safety of lives in the community.
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