We paid N2m ransom, but the police lied that they paid nothing – Couple kidnapped
A Nigerian man and his wife described how they paid N2m in cash to the kidnappers before they were released, only to get the police to lie that nothing was paid in ransom.
Mr. and Ms. Gbenga Ibikunle were abducted on the Uso-Ovo highway in Ondo State. 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 later took us into 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 chased them to the main road. “We walked in the bushes for about five hours, and later they took us to where other victims are being kept. They tied us up and started beating us again. three good days without food. They treated us like criminals. They beat us with sticks and sabers. “We met a man in their lair, who was also freed like us. released “.
“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 cell phone to call our family and ask for 20 million euros. In the end, my family got together and paid $ 2 million. We met with other victims there, they 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. ”“ Then I was surprised that the police claimed to have saved me. This is nothing more than a lie from the abyss of hell. ”“ I can safely say that not a single security agency came to our aid. We were released at about 1 am after the ransom was paid. ”“ If the police had acted professionally enough, they would have arrested them all because they went out on the main road to get the ransom. They are just deceiving us all. “
The victim, who said their abductors were Fulani people, complained that there was a lot of disorder in Nigeria. We no longer have security in this country. It is sad that our power structures 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 pay for this country because we are not safe. We can’t travel anymore. “