Ondo: Eze Ndigbo of Ifon Regains Freedom After Five Days in Captivity


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The Eze Ndigbo of Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, Chief Donatus Okereke, has regained his freedom after spending five days in Kidnappers’ den.

The popular businessman in Ifon was kidnapped on Monday, 22nd November, 2021 and whisked into the thick forest along Elegbeka by heavily armed kidnappers at around 8a.m. on Monday.

Narrating his ordeal to THISDAY, Okeke said: “It was on Monday, around 8:30 after morning mass. Then, I  prepared to embark on a journey to Owo, getting to Elegbeka Junction. I started hearing gunshots, I had no option than to stop, because the bullet was too much.

“One of them was wearing an army uniform. They then dragged me to a bush and threatened to kill me if I failed to keep quiet and cooperate with them.

He explained that, “We spent eight hours in the bush, close to where I was abducted. We later trekked the whole night. The following day, we did the same thing. We actually trekked for three nights.

“I was then released on Thursday night around 11p.m. after payment of ransom.

“At first, they demanded N100m for my release but after much negotiation and plead, they insisted on the ransom of N20m, threatening me that if I didn’t pay them, they would kill me.

“As you can see, I have not settled down, so my wife has not told me if they later reduced the ransom. My abductors are purely Fulanis,” Okereke added.