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How a Student of Kogi State University was Kidnapped by Facebook Friends & Rescued by the Police

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Seven months after the entire nation was put in shock by the killing of Cynthia Osokogu, a post graduate student of Nasarawa State University who was killed by friends she met on social media, Facebook, an undergraduate student of Kogi State University, Oludoyi Bamidele Samuel, was abducted by a kidnap syndicate, facilitated by a friend he also met on Facebook.

Samuel was however lucky to have been rescued from the kidnappers den and to tell his story of how a friend he met on Facebook lured him from Enugu to Delta state.

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ikechukwu Aduba told Vanguard that Samuel left Enugu for Warri, Delta state for a birthday party upon the invitation of his Facebook friend.

 “He was invited by a friend, identified as Michael, who he met on Facebook for a birthday party in Warri. They have not met face to face before this incident, but have been chatting on the internet. He must have found out his background through his interaction with him on the social media.

So, they plotted how to abduct him and make money. Samuel, the only son of his parents, who his kidnappers believe are well to do, left his parents in Enugu without telling them where he was going to and entered a vehicle to Warri. He (Samuel) was discussing with Michael on phone and called him on when he got to Warri, but his so-called friend had ulterior motive. He had arranged with others to kidnap him and Samuel was whisked to a house at Uzor Street, Agbarho, where he was held hostage for three days.”

He added that the kidnappers held him hostage for three days before Police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, stormed their hideout and seized three of the suspects. They demanded N5 million ransom from Samuel’s mother to effect his release and were relocating him to another location when the police caught them.

The Commissioner warned young people to desist from trusting people they meet on Social Media.

“I do not understand this; I am warning young men and women to stop this behavior. How can you leave your home to go a birthday party by somebody you do not know, all because both of you met on Facebook? This is ridiculous. People should help the police by being security conscious. Can you imagine, he left Enugu without telling his parents and the suspected kidnappers were using his phone to call his parents, asking for ransom,” he said.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

20 Comments

  1. Mimi Shakers

    March 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    If only students will listen n learn from peoples past experience,his lucky to be alive

  2. Specs

    March 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

    The stupid chauvinist that were blaming Cynthia and calling her ashewo/runzgirl should come and talk now….I still can’t get over the reactions and comments that I came across after Cynthia’s incident. Nigerians (our male populace in particular) area peculiar set of Homo Sapiens….
    Na God sha save this bobo, Next time please listen to news and learn from other peoples mistakes!

  3. POSHILLA!!

    March 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    FACEBOOK PALAVER AGAIN? DIS TIME AROUND WLD U CALL D BOY A RUNZ BOY?U SEE DTS WHY GOD SAID WE SHLD NOT JUDGE ! ODIKWA RISKI!!

  4. elleven45

    March 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Why didn’t they mention that the guy is gay??

    • lexy

      March 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

      My point exactly. Why is he going to visit another man in another town? Thank God he was found tho

    • God rocks

      March 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Wow such stupid and ignorant comment, to think you even uploaded that very camp picture too!!! Hiss

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      As in, that seriously camp photo just makes me think “People living in glass houses…”

    • Tiki

      March 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I hope you realise how stupid, backward, idiotic, wayward and destructive this comment is. Where is the proof that he is gay? Even if he is gay, does that give other idiots the right to kidnap him?

      Ignoramuses like you who think they can spout any rubbish they like on the internet just make me see red.

  5. because

    March 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Because he doesn’t have to be gay to for a party with other guys. Plus whether or not he’s gay is NOT your business

  6. Mariaah

    March 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’m actually laughing at this story (thank God he was saved)!! Bet the guy thought oh, I’m a guy, big boy, I can take care of myself.. He probably didn’t think he was vunerable to rape and the like if he was a woman!! God saved him truly..

    In this 2013, dear Naija youth don’t be a learner..

  7. bee

    March 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thank God for his life…

  8. Demmy

    March 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I’m really glad he was found. He’s somewhat related to me. x

  9. Grace

    May 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I am so happy u were saved, but u hv to be very careful.

  10. olubiyo iyabo

    June 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    we thank God they don’t kill you

  11. philip-jay

    June 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Thank God he was save

  12. D..boi

    June 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I pity those guys who d mere word of gay jst sent them off d hook….meanin u guys ar gay too…..

  13. Bayor

    July 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Tank God for u oooooo,bt hw r we sure iz nt a plan work among d gyz to get money frm iz mum!wel u r lucky if d story iz real az been narrated

  14. ivory

    October 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    dis guy shud go to church for tanks giving, bcos not every one has the opportunity of being saved from such incident

  15. toneroslimz

    November 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thank god he was saved and the amebos mind ur business gay or. Not dat is the way nature. Choose who knw if u 2 are nt gay cast a stone first

  16. Josh Cumshooter

    January 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    “we thank God they don’t kill you”, “Thank God he was save” – fools that spew comments like these that are grammatical abominations should be the ones to be kidnapped by mentally deranged Facebook Nigerian kidnappers.

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