Terrible: How I was kidnapped and kept for days in open forest – Victim narrates ordeal

by ‘Jola Sotubo

A kidnapped member of staff of the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), has been rescued by men of the Department of State Services (DSS)

Atoyebi Toyin, 51,was kidnapped by a gang of four men in an SUV last week Monday at about 6:45pm while with his wife and four children, close to their residence in Otokutu Village, Udu Local Government Area of Delta state.

Three of the kidnappers have reportedly been arrested in a forest in Osubi Village, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.

Mr. Atoyebi said that he was put in the trunk of his car, while his wife and children were left to go home. But the wife then proceeded to report the incident at the office of the DSS in Warri, which promptly swung into action the next day and rescued him after a fierce shoot-out with the kidnappers at a notorious forest in Osubi village, Okpe council.

He added that three of the abductors were apprehended, while one escaped with bullet wounds. He said a cut-to-size locally-made gun was recovered from them.

Atoyebi said that his car key was with one of the kidnappers, who handed it over to the security personnel and told them where the jeep was parked. Atoyebi said before rescue came his way, he was moved to three locations, while blindfolded.

Atoyebi added that he was kept in the forest without cover for the whole night, while a ransom of N10 million was made to the wife and family members, adding that they were threatening to kill him if the money was not brought immediately before security operatives swooped on them.

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