December 4, 2020

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Monarch recounts five-day ordeal in kidnappers’ den

The Obaro of Jakura , Usman Ajibola Adoga , who recently regained freedom from his captors after five days in the kidnappers ’ den , has narrated how his son , Usman Rufai , was killed by the abductors .

The monarch said on July 17 while he was coming from his hometown , Jakura to Lokoja with the driver and his son , they suddenly saw somebody standing at a distance ahead between IMU and Ibola . Before they could make a detour , several gunmen emerged from the bush and started firing at his vehicle and his son was killed instantly .

“We saw somebody standing at a distance ahead of us . Just as we were asking who could the person be, gunmen from both sides of the road started firing. The first shot hit my son when he shouted . When I turned to look at my boy , they pushed me inside the bush . They asked for N60 million ransom and later reduced it to N30 million .

“They said I built a mansion in Jakura how would I say I don’ t have money. I told them I was a teacher before retiring for this appointment . I don’ t have money . I built the house when I was about to leave service because I had to put together the cooperative and severance package.

“They tortured me , they were all masked but by their outlook , they looked like Fulani . They were speaking Fulani but when they want to communicate with me one of them could speak in Yoruba though not very fluent but at least he was communicating . ”

The Kogi State police command had paraded five notorious kidnappers that were responsible for the monarch’ s kidnap and robbing other people along Okene- Lokoja road. Among those paraded yesterday included those that abducted Rev . Fr . Leo Micheal and Usman Adoga.

Parading the suspected kidnappers , the Commissioner of Police , CP Ali Janga, said the five suspects were arrested based on intelligence report following a tip-off.

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