Jonathan’s Foster Father Narrates Ordeal In The Hands Of Kidnappers
After spending 18 days in the hands of his kidnappers, the 70-year-old foster father of President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Inengite Nitabai, got his freedom, but not without a sour tales to tell.
Nitabai, a former university lecturer, yesterday relieved his experience in the kidnappers den, saying he was beaten with guns and kicked by his abductors while he lay on the floor.
Nitabai, who was abducted by gunmen numbering about 10, at his home in Otuoke and spent three weeks in their den, said that his arms were tied and that they blind-folded and tortured him, in order to make him convince President Gooluck Jonathan and other family members to pay up the ransome.
“I thank God for keeping me alive. I was made to sleep on the floor and fed garri and red oil for three weeks in the bush. I was tortured and beaten with guns and kicked [while] on the floor,” Nitabai said.
According to Nitabai, though the reason for his abduction was not made known to him, he wondered why he was chosen for such a fearful ordeal. “When I was young, there was no such thing as kidnapping. I don’t know why it would have been me,” he wondered aloud.
The Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Hilary Opara, while presenting Nitabai to journalists, said the command’s anti-kidnapping squad, led by one Chris Nwogwu, secured the release of the septuagenarian.
According to Opara, the gunmen were said to have abandoned their victim at Ogboma, off Odioma in Brass local government area, Bayelsa State. Nitabai was later found by the squad and brought to the state police command in Yenagoa for debriefing.
Opara said the police applied uttermost professionalism in the way they carried out the operations that led to Nitabai’s freedom and assured that “no ransom was paid to the kidnappers”.
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