Chairman of APC in Kwara state, Ishola Balogun-Fulani, , who was abducted alongside the party state secretary, Bode Adekanye, last Friday May 20th, has narrated their experience with their abductors who he said were Fulanis.
Speaking to newsmen at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, Balogun-Fulani said the kidnappers asked for N70 million ransom for both of them but were paid unspecified amount of money by their family members.
“We had nothing as food or water while we were in our abductors den. They said they were Fulanis and that they had no other business than armed robbery and kidnapping.
They spoke Fulani and Pidgin English fluently. They said we must find money for them and demanded N40 million and N30 million from me and the secretary and that if we failed to do that, they were going to waste us.
We had to call our people; we don’t know what they did but I think they must have paid a certain amount before we were allowed to go (on Saturday) by 6:30pm.
They tried to enquire whether I am a Fulani man too to which I said yes but they said this is not a family matter but strictly business. We were not tortured and nothing was done to us but we trekked from one hideout to another.
We warned our people not to bring any security men, either police or the army because they warned us and threatened to kill us if we do. They said they were not afraid of police or army and that they have their own weapon too.
The Police IG tried, he sent a helicopter to come looking for us but it was difficult to locate us because it was inside a very thick forest. Same with the Commissioners of Police in Kogi and Kwara states who also sent in people, yet we were unable to be located.
It was when we came out that we saw about 100 policemen waiting for us. The place is around Osara and Okene”, he said