– Police have rescued some kidnap victims in Rivers state
– The victims were kidnapped on Wednesday, August 8, on their way from Abuja
– One of the victims, Henry Davis, said they spent two days in kidnappers’ den before they were rescued by the police
Some of the victims who were among passengers in an 18-seater bus that was hijacked by suspected kidnappers along Omerelu-Owerri road on Wednesday night, August 8, said while narrating their ordeals that they were starved of food and water.
NAIJ.com gathered that the victims who were lucky to be alive after the torture and starvation in the hands of their captors, said two of the passengers reportedly died in the hands of their kidnappers.
According to NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, one of the rescued kidnap victims, pastor Henry Davis, said they ran into the kidnappers’s barricade while coming from Abuja on Wednesday, August 8.
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Davis said: “We were coming from Abuja on Wednesday somehow we entered into Rivers state late in the night due to bad road and terrible traffic.
“We had entered Elele in Ikwerre local government area a few minutes after they drove pass the police checkpoint we ran into the kidnappers’s barricade. Initially, we didn’t know they were kidnappers. The barricade was made-up of big woods.
“They asked the driver of our vehicle to come down and take the passengers seat.They drove for about one hour into the bushes until we stopped and they blinded folded us.
“They led into the bush and we stopped in a hut.And we were massed together with another set of victims who were earlier kidnapped. Later we were moved to another place that night.
“We slept in another place in an open roof. The whole rains that fell that night started on us and ended us, including these little children but a woman that had had a major operation cried all through the night. We were given food. In the night, they started to se.xually assaulting the ladies (who know what I mean)?
“They took everything we had, monies, jewelries, phones bra, eye rings, pants, Atm cards even slippers everything. The only thing left on me is my shirt and trousers and putting on now.
“Yesterday before our rescue, we prayed intensely before we were rescued. I got a ministration that we should hold our hands and pray. A few minutes after ten prayer, one of the boys who went to fetch water for us ran and shouted SARS…SARS they are around.
“We were tempted to run but I cautioned them not to do so that they would not be caught by stray bullets. We stayed together only to find out that they were policemen who came to rescue us they removed our blindfolds.
In her statement, a female victim commended the Nigeria police for their rescue, saying that one of them was a son of a serving Military officer.
She said: “We thank the Nigeria police. Anybody critising the police stop. I am a beneficiary of their professionalism. They came to rescue us en-mass like a joint task force. Among us was a son of a Soldier. All us were rescued alive.”
The Rivers state police public relations officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, in an interview with NAIJ.com, said the passengers were rescued at about 6 pm on Friday, August 10, by a combined team of the anti-kidnapping unit of the command and the detectives of the Elele police station.
Omoni said: “Due to credible and actionable intelligence gathering the crack police team were able to storm the bush and the exact spot where the victims were held and with backup of the Elele police division, they were able to rescue the victims unhurt.
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“We have rescued 16 out of the 18 passengers. Unfortunately, we found two dead. Some of them were found to be very weak perhaps due to the trauma of being in captivity.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that a 45-year-old woman, Hadijat Kabiru, was arrested by the operatives of the Lagos state police command for allegedly faking her own kidnap and that of her daughter to defraud her 55-year-old husband, Muraino Kabiru.
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