A seven-man kidnapping squad that has been terrorising residents of Ajowa, Akunnu and Auga in Akoko area of Ondo state was at the weekend arrested through combined efforts of soldiers, Police and Department of State Service (DSS) at Ajowa in Akoko Northwest local government area.
They were apprehended after abducting a 45-year old graduate teacher and Muslim Cleric, Alhaji Jamiu Zakariyahu at gunpoint last Wednesday night while coming from a mosque where he usually leads the congregation at Daja-Ajowa.
It was learnt that the suspected kidnappers dragged the victim from his motorcycle and immediately covered his face with a mask. They thereafter led him into the bush.
Narrating his ordeal, Zakariyahu said, “after dragging me into the bush, I met two other victims whose legs and hands were tied and blindfolded.“They demanded a ransom of N10m which was later reduced to N5m”.
However, when the negotiating team told them (culprits) that I am a teacher whose family could not afford more than N250,000, they consequently agreed.
But miraculously in the night of second day in captivity, the victim said the rope already tied on his two hand suddenly cut off, while he untied that of his two legs when the kidnappers slept off. He said, ” I then escaped in the midnight to an unknown destination in the dark forest where God directed me to meet a local hunter, who was searching for games.
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