by Isi Esene
Adebusola Odunaya who was reportedly kidnapped in a bus on September 21 in Lagos on Tuesday narrated her experience in the hands of her kidnappers describing her escape as a miracle.
Odunaya, 37, had left home on that fateful day for Idumota, Lagos Island to buy beverages and some other items but could not be found for six days.
According to her, “On the fateful day, I was to go to Lagos Island to pick my stock of noodles. It was past 12 noon.
“When I got to Ishaga area, there was no vehicle there. I decided to go to Agege to board a bus. When I got to Agege, there was no direct bus going to Idumota on Lagos Island. I had to board an Oshodi vehicle (molue). As we were already in the vehicle, I heard a conductor calling Idumota. I had to alight from the vehicle I was in and went for that.
“When I got there, the vehicle was still loading. Three women and the driver were inside. I joined them. As soon as I did, the women then asked the driver to move so that they could carry people along the road. I became happy that the vehicle would be fast.
“As we were expecting the vehicle to move, the conductor came and touched me with the handkerchief he was holding. That was when I fell asleep. I did not wake until five days after in a forest along Lagos- Ibadan Expressway.”
She continued narrating her ordeal saying when she finally regained consciousness, her hair had been shaved and all the money she had on her, amounting about N500,000 had been taken.
Odunaya continued, saying, “They ransacked my bag and saw our General Overseer’s (Pastor Enoch Adeboye) picture and Redeemed wristband. They asked me, ‘So you are a member of Redeemed?’ I said yes.
“Two men among the kidnappers ordered me to call my family. As I called my brother, they were telling me what to say. When I looked at the front, I saw a horrible looking hut. There were two women lying unconscious near it. I don’t know if the women were alive or dead. The whole place looked scary.
“They said, ‘thank God for your life.’ They now led me through the jungle to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and left me. That was how I was freed from the kidnappers.”