Police Lied About Rescue Requests, We Paid Ransom for N2m – Kidnapped Couple
The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gbenga Ibikunle, who were abducted on the Uso-Ovo highway in Ondo state, described how their kidnappers collected cash on the N2 million highway before they were released.
Recall that the couple, who traveled to their wife’s hometown in Ebony state with three children, were returning to the state when they were kidnapped. When gunmen drove the couple into a dense forest, their three children and a Lexus jeep were thrown onto the highway.
They were released after three days in the abductor’s lair.
Police PRO Tee Leo lkoro claimed that two suspects were arrested after combing a forest by joint security personnel after the kidnappers demanded the ransom of N2m.
But speaking to Akure reporters about their ordeals, her husband, Gbenga Ibikunle, said the security officials’ claims that they had secured their release are far from the truth.
In his opinion, It was my family who paid the ransom demanded by the kidnappers. The security forces did not participate in our release at all. “
“We were returning from Ebony State to Akure on January 5th, and when we arrived in Uso towards Ogbese, I saw a cyclist driving in the same direction in front of my car. Suddenly he stopped and I hit him with a car.
“When I stopped to help the man and his wife, the abductors came out of the bush and started shooting for about 10 minutes.
“They started beating me, and then they took us to the bushes, while other suspects searched my car and took valuable things, including a huge amount of money.
“My children wanted to follow us where they dragged us, but the kidnappers drove them to the main road.
“We walked for about five hours inside the bush, and then went to where other victims are being held. They tied us up and started beating us again.
“We spent three beautiful days in the bushes with them without food. They treated us like criminals. They beat me with a stick and a saber.
“We met in their lair a man who was released just like us. His own family split from N10 million before his release. “
“At one point they wanted to rape my wife, but she tricked them into saying that she was three months pregnant.”
“Later they gave us a mobile phone so we could call our family and ask for N20m. In the end, my family got together and paid N2m. The other victims we met there paid $ 10 million and we were all released at the same place. ”
“They collected the ransom along the way without being nervous. In fact, they counted all the money before releasing me to my brother, who brought in N2 million. “
“I was surprised then that the police said they had saved me. This is nothing but a lie from hell. “
“I can safely say that not a single security agency came to our aid. We were released at about one in the morning after paying the ransom. “
“If the police had acted professionally enough, they would have arrested them all for taking the main road for ransom. They are simply deceiving us all. “
The victim who said their captors Fulani people complained that Nigeria was in great disarray. We no longer have security in this country. It is sad that our security services are ineffective. “
“The kidnappers carried out their operations with impunity. They boasted that they would kill any police officer who wants to save us. “
He said: “I cry for this country because we are not safe. We can’t travel anymore. “
Source: – Vanguard