There’s A Whole Community For Kidnappers In Ondo – Survivor Reveals

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Falodun was a victim of kidnapping in Ondo

A kidnap survivor, Mr Bunmi Falodun, has made some shocking revelations about kidnapping activities ongoing in an Ondo community.

Falodun was recently kidnapped alongside his wife, Ronke and mother-in-law, Mrs Ayewumi Ogunsemore.

The victims were released after a ransom of N10 million was paid.

He spoke about his ordeal in an interview published by Sunday Vanguard.

“We give glory to God. I don’t need long story; it is the mercy of God that we enjoyed. We had gone to Ogbagi-Akoko and, while coming back, we ran into the kidnappers and, by the time they fired bullets, I had to park the car and they dragged me and my wife and my mother-in-law into the bush.

“We started the journey into the bush around 5pm when we were abducted. We trekked for almost two hours after which we had a rest and slept. Later they took us to their den where they kept us from Sunday morning till the time we were released.

“While we were trekking, we were praying that God should take control but what I discovered was that the state of security in Nigeria is terrible. I don’t know how to describe it because three of us were abducted but by the time we got to their den in the thick forest, we met another five people chained to the ground.

“I was asked to kneel down, chained to the ground and made to face the sun for the four days. I was tortured and beaten with plank. But my wife and mother-in-law were not maltreated. They concentrated on me.

“We drank garri but they later prepared rice for us to eat. The place is like a small community, they have everything there. No fewer than 40 of the kidnappers were there each with AK47.

“After we got to their hideout, they asked me to use their phone to contact my people for ransom. They demanded N10m ransom and I told them I’m a civil servant, I didn’t have that kind of money. I was tortured and beaten because l told them my wife and l are civil servants. While negotiating for ransom, they beat me with plank and switched on the phone for my people to hear how I was being tortured. I cried and pleaded that all my properties, such as car and house, be sold to pay the ransom. I didn’t want them to kill us.

“We were released with the other five people we met there, making eight of us, after the ransom was paid. “I don’t know the five other people. I think two or three of them were from Ibadan but one of them happened to be a staff member of natural resources (ministry).

“l want to appeal to government to provide a safe environment. People are not happy and that’s why all these crimes are happening. The perpetrators find it easy as a way of making a living, because the kidnappers claimed they are victims of situations. One of them said their houses were burnt in Maiduguri, so they had to come down to the South-West but if government can provide an enabling environment and people have jobs, I think it will reduce the level of crime in the country. Everybody now wants money by all means and security should be strengthened; if care is not taken, kidnappers will overrun this state because they are in charge; with what I saw, they are in charge. They are even better equipped than our security agents, they are well equipped. If our people don’t take care or conscious of their environment, we are in trouble.

“Some of them spoke Yoruba, English and Hausa. Whereas they claimed to have come from Maiduguri, they knew the terrain more than indigenes and they didn’t need map, they didn’t need GPS to do what they do”.

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