They Fed Us With Pawpaw And Garri


 Amina Audu

Mrs Amina Audu, the abducted chairman of Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, has been released by her captors.


Audu who spoke to The PUNCH correspondent on the telephone on Friday said they regained their freedom on Thursday between 7pm and 8pm.

The suspended chairman and her driver were abducted on Monday by gunmen suspected to be armed herders along Naka-Makurdi Road.

Narrating her experience to our correspondent,  Audu said they were fed with pawpaw and garri.

She said, “You know how harrowing it is to be with kidnappers. I can not even say much now.”

Asked what were they fed for the four days, she said, “They (kidnappers) don’t have food in the bush, they only gave us pawpaw and garri to drink.”

Audu could not give the actual amount the kidnappers collected as ransom.

When asked she said, “I can not say  because I have not discussed that with  those who negotiated our release.”

Naka/Makurdi Road has become notorious for kidnapping.

Some motorists who spoke to our correspondent said the deplorable state of the road was responsible for the frequent abductions along the federal highway.

A commercial driver who identified himself as Adole said, “Some of us have abandoned Naka/Makurdi Road due to daily abduction of road users. We have opted for Makurdi/Aliade Road.”


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