Emmanuella Anyanwu, one of the victims who was kidnapped last Saturday has narrated her experience of how she escaped.
It was reported that Anyanwu with another female and three males were kidnapped at about 6.45am around Isuwa community, by Morgan Farm, along Benin-Lagos highway.
However, one of the kidnapped males who was identified as Felix Olajide Sowore, a brother to Omoleye Sowore, a political activist and a former presidential candidate for African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections was killed.
Felix Olajide Sowore, a pharmacy student of Igbinedion University, Okada, drove into the scene and was shot dead by the gun wielding kidnappers, as reported by ireporteronline.com.ng.
Anyanwu who spoke to journalists on Monday, in Benin, at the Edo State Police Command headquarters, said they were traveling from Lagos to one of the Eastern states on that fateful day when their vehicle broke down at the junction.
She added they had to pass the night inside their vehicle there in the bush, until about 6:30am.
According to her, some men suddenly emerged from the bush and started shooting sporadically, after which the gunmen abducted all of them and took them to the bush.
“At about 6.30am to 7:00am, some men came out from the bush and started shooting at us, and we all surrendered. They took our belongings, including our phones and marched us into the bush. It took us almost two hours to get to their camp. They blindfolded us.
“So, they started calling us one after the other, and I was the last person they called. They asked me where I was coming from and where I was going. I told them that I was coming from Lagos and going to Imo State.
“They asked if I know them, I said no. They asked if I know the police and army, I told them I know those ones. They told me they were kidnappers, and said they abducted me because of ransom. They said if I don’t have money they will take my life.
“I asked them how much they wanted. But one of them was furious I was asking them questions. I told them I needed to know the ransom. They asked if I had N10 million and I told them there was no way to get that kind of money. I told them I will give them N500,000 from money gathered from my village. One of them said I was a fool and they told me to sit down,” she narrated.
Recounting her escape, Anyanwu explained that a particular victim they brought, from whom they collected something, caused a distraction that gave her a narrow escape.
“Then, it started raining heavily, and they went away and brought one man again. They took something from that man and their attention was on it.
“So, I removed my blindfold and decided to escape, but I decided to shift the plan till midnight, but my spirit told me to escape because I would not have the opportunity to do so in the night, because the abductors don’t sleep in the night. I crept and that was how I escaped.”
On how she found her way to Benin City, the victim said, “I saw a [communication] mast far away, and I started trekking toward it. After one hour or more, I got to a road and saw an elderly man on motorcycle and I asked him to take me to the police station, which he did. We were two ladies and three men.”
Meanwhile, the Command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, has said that efforts are ongoing to secure the release of the remaining victims.