Exactly Two weeks ago, Three youth corps members were kidnapped from their lodge in Ogonokom, Abua/Odual Local Government Area ,Rivers State but Thank God o , They have been freed by their abductors. The corp member Ogochi Martins (male), Chijioke Richard (male) and Esther Nwachukwu (female) who in Ogonokom on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
THE three corps members that were kidnapped a week ago have been rescued by a team of policemen in Abua/Odual Local Government of Rivers State on Saturday afternoon . Surprisingly, the kidnap victims were rescued within the same community they were abducted by the hoodlums.
So is it a crime to serve our fatherland ? does that mean corpers are no longer safe in their respective location ? These are the question that need to be answered. Read their experience with the kidnappers below
According to one of the victims ,”it happened after I went outside to ease myself. Few minutes later, I heard a big bang on my door and some men came in with rifles. They then led me to the waterside where the boat was. They also took two other people and flew us to an unknown island.
“We didn’t know whether we were still in Rivers state or not. Since that time till our release we have been living in the bush. We never had our bathe or washed our mouth. Though they didn’t torture us, they only threatened us, while asking us to make calls to those who could give them money to pay for our ransom.”
Also speaking, another victim in the fold, who explained that they were robbed of their valuables which include, laptop, phones and some cash confirmed that they were not molested in any way.
“They pushed my door open, I knelt down immediately and started begging them. They took my phones and my computers. They then took me with them to the waterside. They took us to an unknown destination. It took us over 2 hours to get to the island. So we didn’t know if we were still in Rivers state or not.
“On the island, there were 9 guys who were running a shift, while monitoring and guarding us. They threatened us in many ways, but they never touched us or did anything to us. They consistently called our LI for negotiations which they started with 20 million naira.
The corps members could not confirm if any ransom was finally paid for their release. They said resource persons and security operatives facilitated their release.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Angela Agabe, who spoke on the rescue of the corps members, said one suspected kidnapper was arrested during the rescue operation.
“A suspected kidnapper was also arrested during the rescue operation. While the corps members have since been released to the NYSC authorities because they are still serving, the suspect has been handed over to the anti-kidnap of the State Police Command for further investigation.”
Also, the State NYSC Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Violet Appolos, confirmed the release of the three corps members, saying, “They (three corps members) were all released without any harm.”
They were taken away by their abductors from the Corpers’ Lodge around 12am on June 29, 2013. The hoodlums had gained entry into the corpers’ lodge 20 minutes after they had turned off the generator supplying electricity to the building.
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