Services, a construction firm in Warri, Delta State, Mr. Okelezo
Wilfred, has said he and his colleagues, Mr. Roland Ukojevo and Israel
Isawoele, were given 10 strokes of the cane every day by their captors
for 12 days.
because they were anxious to get a contract, describing their experience
in captivity as terrible.
buttocks as a result of the flogging by the kidnappers, who later
demanded N150m from his boss through a phone call.
(kidnappers) flogged me. Every day, they flogged us 10 times. They did
not flog Mr. Roland because of his age. Now, I have wounds in my
Mr. Ukojevo to do the flogging because his (strokes of cane) was not as
painful as when the kidnappers flogged us by themselves,” he said.
one of the kidnappers, who disguised as a spokesman for the company that
was to give his company a contract, took them somewhere in
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area.
that their captors slapped him several times on the day they realised
that they had become victims of kidnappers.
that we should come and look at it. We came in from Delta to Ahoada and
when we met the man, he said he would take us to his boss somewhere in
Ahoada. He later took us to somewhere in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local
Government Area, where we were hijacked.
locations in the bush. They took us to a hut where we were blindfolded.
We were there for six hours. They later took us away from that hut to
another place where we spent another six hours and later, they took us
across a river and we trekked for about two hours.”
they had learnt their lesson and would never go in search of contract
based on a mere phone call, even as he thanked men of the NSCDC for
coming to their rescue.
the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mrs. Helen Amakiri, said the victims
were rescued by NSCDC operatives around Idu location, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni
LGA of Rivers State, while on their usual patrol.
Delta State. Someone called them from Rivers State that they had a
contract for them in Rivers and so, the manager, site engineer and two
others were mandated by their company to come down to Rivers State to
see and negotiate how the job would be done.
it was a set-up by the kidnappers. There was no contract; it was just a
scam to get them out of Delta State and get them kidnapped.”