Back from the kidnappers’ den, Regent of Akungba in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Princess Oluwatoyin Omosowon, has narrated her ordeal in the hands of the criminals for 15 days.
She recalled yesterday that for the period she was held, she neither ate nor bathed as her abductors denied her access to good food and clean water.
Princess Omosowon was kidnapped on June 2 and rescued from her abductors by combine efforts of security agencies in Edo, Rivers and Ondo states.
Other kidnapped victims rescued by the security operatives are one Indian national, Mr. T.J. Alex, his police orderly, Mr. Obafe Sunday, Mr. Aliu Abduljelil and a youth corps member serving in Abuja, Miss Azubuike Ijeoma, who unknowingly boarded the kidnappers’ vehicle from Abuja to Lagos.
The Regent and others were rescued by security operatives in Igbonla Village in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Narrating her ordeal, Princesse Omosowon stated that she had a terrible experience during the period, adding that she fasted all through because she could not eat the food they provided for her.
According to her, she was hit with an iron rod on the head and subjected to untold hardship as she was not allowed to have access to hygienic conditions by her captors.
The regent said she could not take her bath or change her clothes, adding that the kidnappers demanded for a ransom of N200 million from the state government but the money was not paid before she was rescued by the security agents.
At the Government House, Alagaka, Akure, where the regent was presented to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, by the Director of State Security Services, Mr. Christian Onyebuchi Ojobor, he said the rescue operation was successful because of the collaborative among the security agencies from Edo, Rivers and Ondo states.
The director said that the leader of the gang popularly known as ‘Federal’ was shot dead by the security agents when he resisted arrest.
He commended the DSS Headquarters in Abuja for providing them the logistics and backup to rescue the regent and others.
Governor Mimiko, who congratulated the people of Akungba Akoko for maintaining peace during their trying period, noted that the suspects arrested would be prosecuted.
Kidnapped Catholic Priest regains freedom in Ekiti
Meanwhile, the abducted Catholic Priest from the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akingbade, has regained his freedom.
Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, said “it has been a trying and touching period for us.”
Fr. Akingbade was kidnapped by gunmen on June 9 in his bedroom at the Mission House of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido Ekiti at about 8pm and taken to an unknown destination.
Ajakaye told newsmen yesterday that no ransom was paid before the priest was released but confirmed that the abductors demanded N200 million as ransom.
Fr. Akingbade is the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Ido Ekiti and Assistant Director, Legal Department of the Justice, Development and Peace Initiative, JDPI, of the diocese.
Bishop Ajakaye said: “This morning (yesterday), we thank God, we saw him, God did it and I thank everybody for their prayers because we rely on God, we believe in God and God can do anything.”