Abducted trader escapes with kidnappers’ weapons while they were asleep

March 22nd, 2022

A 55-year-old cocoa merchant identified as Idowu Shaba, has reportedly escaped from the captivity of his abductors while they had fallen asleep in the forest.

According to reports, the victim was kidnapped on his way to Ido Ani at Ose Local Government Area of Ondo state on Saturday, for a church programme.

A source revealed that the kidnappers had demanded N10 million ransom from Shaba’s family before he escaped together with another lady.

He said; “After the abductors saw that the victims had slept off, they too fell asleep. Shaba seized the opportunity to carry their weapons and used their sharp cutlasses to kill two of them and wounded another who ran away.

“He took his abductors’ Ak-47 rifles, cutlasses, and other dangerous weapons in their possession and he used the opportunity to rescue the other lady and both escaped.”

The state Police PRO, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed the incident to The Punch, but said the victim did not kill the abductors.

“The victim did not tell the police that he killed the abductors. He just said he escaped while the kidnappers had fallen asleep,” she said.


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