A traveler kidnapped on the Ilesa/Akure highway, Funmilayo Adejumo, narrated how she escaped from her kidnappers, who kidnapped her on the highway.
Adejumo, speaking to reporters by phone on Wednesday, said gunmen had abducted her and two other female passengers from a vehicle headed for Akure, Ondo state, on Sunday in Iwaraja.
She said that the driver of the vehicle and some passengers had fled into the mountains when they realized that those who arrested them were kidnappers.
She further explained that her kidnappers later took her and two other female passengers to their camp after walking for about two hours in the bush.
In addition, he revealed that on Monday, two other women were taken to the camp and added that he managed to escape after his kidnappers went hunting an animal and abandoned them.
“We were arrested around 8pm on Sunday (in Iwaraja). There was a roadblock along the Ilesa/Akure highway in Iwaraja and we all thought they were policemen at the checkpoint.
“The driver and three passengers ran into the bush. One of the gunmen fired in his direction before returning to the car and asking us to get out. Me and two other women were kidnapped. We walked for about two hours before arriving at a place that looked like a temporary camp.
“They didn’t give us food until Monday morning, when they gave us garri and water to drink. They picked up my phone and requested the names of my relatives whom they will contact when they are ready to collect the ransom.
“Later Monday night, they brought in two other people and two hours later, they asked all of us to move and we started walking back into the woods. Suddenly, along the line, the three kidnappers who were leading us decided to hunt an animal. Five of us, all women, were left in the thick, dark forest for about 20 minutes, during which time I came across a thick section of forest.
“I walked all night for about four hours before reaching a town and two men took me to the main road and directed me to Amotekun’s office in Oriade where I reported to the guard corps and one of them gave me money. after making a statement, to transport me home,” concluded Adejumo.
When contacted, Osun State Police Command spokeswoman Yemisi Opalola asked for time to contact the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area for details of the incident.
But Osun Amotekun’s field commander, Amitolu Shittu, confirmed the incident, saying his men had combed the area to rescue other people.