A senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Mr. Boniface Anyanwu, has described his freedom from kidnappers’ den as miracle.
Narrating his ordeal and subsequent freedom from his abductors by Good Samaritans, Anyanwu noted the pain and suffering he went through were so inhuman that any right thinking persons would not wish an enemy to experience them.
He said, inter-allia: “we were in pains and were blindfolded since Saturday till Monday morning before Good Samaritan perhaps sighted us where we were tied to a tree in the bush in Amai and asked us “how far” in Ukwuani language but we did not respond because I don’t understand the language but my fellow victim and neigbhour, Mr. Nnamdi Nwachukwu understood the language.
“Few seconds later, the man, asked on our observation, may have said himself on sighting one of the abductors approaching us. In anger, the abductor then confronted us to know what we were discussing with the man, but we told him he was speaking to us.
“Thereafter, they removed the chains they used to tie us to a tree and chained my leg to his in such a way that whenever he stumbles on my chain, it will pull me back and eat into my flesh.
“So, having chained us, in a bid to change location since somebody had already sighted us there, they asked us to run deeper into the forest and the pain continued and perhaps left the scene (where we were,) unknown to us that the man that spoke to us earlier had gone to the community to mobilize people and eventually they located us.
“At that instant, I was overwhelmed and began to shed tears of joy; so, they cut our chains and took us to Amai, you needed to see.
They then provided Nnamdi nicker to wear because we were naked with only a handkerchief like-wrapper covering our private parts.
“They provided us drinking water and asked if we wanted to eat or take our bath but we declined, telling them to give us phone so that we could reach out to our respective families to hint them not pay any ransom since we have been rescued.
“The police, however, came and we were taken to the police station in Obiaruku and after extensive discussions with the Divisional Police Officer, he then disclosed to me that my vehicle (Toyota Camry) has been found in Ozoro by Ozoro Vigilante group and that they have towed it to the police station in Ozoro”.
Anyanwu, who was elated, said that his freedom was nothing but God answering prayer, adding that even Satan prayed for his (Anyanwu’s) freedom. He thanked God for bringing the Good Samaritan to locate them in the bush, saying that it not for God, he and Nnamdi would not be alive to give this testimony”.