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Kidnapped for 9 Days, N80 Million Ransom Demanded – Enugu Businessman tells his Story in Court




A businessman, Mr Obi, on Tuesday told an Enugu High Court that three suspects abducted him and tied his face with cloth for nine days.

Narrating the incident, Obi said that the suspects followed him as he left a restaurant and dragged him into a vehicle and took him to an unknown place with a gun pointed at him. He said that they collected his valuables which included a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a chain and money and later covered his face.

The victim said that they kept him in a room for nine days without food and water, adding that they tied his legs and hands and were slapping him with a cutlass as he screamed for help.

Obi said that the suspects later demanded for N80 million ransom from his family but settled for N5 million after negotiations.

He said that it was in the process of collecting the money that his elder brother identified one of the suspects while he identified another one through his voice.

He said that the suspects took him in a car booth on the ninth day, handed him a naira note and dropped him in a bush where he managed to untie himself. Obi said that he crawled till he got to a road where a motorcyclist took him to Eke in Udi Local Government Area.

The suspects, Ejike Ezenabo, Paul Okwudili and Chidi Okereke pleaded not guilty to the charges bothering on robbery and unlawful detention of the victim. Justice Catherine Nwobodo adjourned the matter till Feb. 29 for continuation of hearing.

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  1. Drknite

    January 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    That dude is gangsta! No food or water for 9 days and he still didn’t give them any money.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    January 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I cant even imagine the money in my head…. Stupid kidnappers….

  3. Puzzles

    January 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Please these people should not be left unpunished. Do you know how many people they have killed? An undergraduate was kidnapped and his father paid the ransom only for him to see his son’s dead body.

  4. OD

    January 27, 2016 at 9:52 am

    That was how my mother in law was kidnapped a week ago. She spend 7 nights in a thick forest in Delta State. The idiots demanded for N10 million. We negotiated with them, they accepted N1.5 million before releasing the old woman. Kidnapping is real.

    • Tosin

      January 29, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Oh God, pele.

  5. damki

    January 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    kill them.. the punishment for this should be death

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