By Amos Igbebe
The abducted Monarch of Olomoro Kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, who was released Monday night, HRM Josiah Agbaza 1, Tuesday, regaled his experiences with the kidnappers for the three days he was in the kidnappers’ stronghold in the bush.
The first class monarch, who is called Odiologbo by his subjects in Isoko nation, told his kinsmen at his residence that he was kept in the boot of his abductors’ car and was driven to the kidnappers strongholds unknown to him. He said he was fed with slice of bread and water on the third day having gone hungry for the first two days.
He said though he was unaware of the very abode of the kidnappers because he was blindfolded, the language of the abductors, according to him, indicated that he was taken to a thick forest in the Abraka area of the state.
He told his subjects that he was tortured in ways he cannot describe, blindfolded, with brandished cutlasses and guns and his mouth was gagged to prevent him from speaking.
Though available facts indicate that ransom was paid, the monarch could not tell how much was paid to secure his release from his abductors.
It was, however, learnt that it took the efforts of the Chairman of Isoko South Local government area, Itiako Constantine Ikpokpo, and other individuals in the local government council to secure the release of the monarch.
The announcement of his arrival in the kingdom rent the air as jubilation swept through the entire community from Monday night through to Tuesday morning.
Though he commended all who were involved in the search for his release, the community leaders called for concerted efforts to secure the life of traditional rulers in the state
Released Delta Monarch: How I was Tortured At Kidnappers’ Den
By Amos Igbebe