Benue Kidnappings, a former local government chairman in Benue State, Nigeria, has shared harrowing details of his kidnapping, revealing that his captors showed him the bodies of their victims and demanded a ransom of N30 million.
The ex-chairman’s account sheds light on the escalating security concerns in the state, where kidnappings and other violent crimes have become increasingly prevalent.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the former chairman recounted his abduction, which occurred while he was returning from a farm inspection in his local government area. Forced into the depths of a forest, he spent three days in captivity, witnessing the abductors’ gruesome practices firsthand.
“They took me deep into the forest and showed me where they kept the bodies of their victims,” he recalled, his voice trembling with emotion. “I saw several corpses, some of them in advanced stages of decomposition. It was a horrifying sight, something that will haunt me forever.”
Living in constant fear for his life, the ex-chairman faced the terrifying prospect of becoming another victim of the abductors’ brutality. “They threatened to kill me if my family didn’t pay the ransom,” he revealed. “I was terrified. I didn’t want to die.”
The abductors initially demanded a ransom of N100 million, a staggering sum that seemed impossible to raise. However, through negotiations, they eventually agreed to accept N30 million, a figure that still placed a tremendous financial burden on the ex-chairman’s family.
“They told me that if my family didn’t pay the ransom, they would kill me and dump my body in the forest,” he recounted, emphasizing the abductors’ ruthless intentions. “I was desperate to escape their clutches.”
Despite the immense pressure and fear, the ex-chairman’s family managed to gather the ransom money. Delivering it to the abductors at a designated location, they anxiously awaited their loved one’s return.
The ex-chairman’s ordeal highlights the growing security concerns in Benue State, where kidnappings and other violent crimes have become increasingly common. The state government has been urged to take urgent action to address the Benue Kidnappings and other security situations.