One of the victims of notorious kidnapper Chukwudi Dumeme Omwuamadike alias Evans has come out to share details of his time in the hands of the kidnappers.
We applaud James Uduji for his boldness in sharing details with the public.
Speaking to Vanguard, James, the Chairman of Comestar Cable Manufacturing Limited, said he was in captivity for 42 days.
James was one of the victims who paid the highest ransom of $1.2m to gain his freedom.
He explained that he was abducted in Festac after he arrived the country from Canada where he went to visit his wife who just gave birth a month before the encounter and was shot alongside two of his drivers in the process.
He said a doctor was called in to treat him immediately they got to the hideout because he was bleeding so bad and although he wasn’t maltreated during his stay because of his condition, several other victims were and some most likely killed.
He mentioned that he was fed daily with noodles, and after he paid the ransom, Evans gave him ten thousand Naira for transport and he was dropped off close to Lagos State University (LASU).
He also said he was in chains for the 42days, and Evans traveled out of the country immediately he paid even before he was let go.
He thanked the Police Force for arresting Evans, saying he is indeed a wicked man, Vanguard reports.
Here’s what he told Vanguard, Uduji said:
How he Was Kidnapped
On September, 2015, as I was coming back from my factory in Agbara to my home in Festac, arriving Seventh Avenue, I saw four gun men. They stopped in front of my vehicle and started shooting while I was with my two drivers in my Hilux pickup.
I was sitting at the back, thinking they were policemen. I was wondering why they were shooting and charging at us not knowing that they were kidnappers. In the process, they shot us, me and two of my drivers but luckily, nobody died. I still have a bullet in my body.
By the time I realized they were kidnappers, they dragged me out of my vehicle to their own Lexus 470 Jeep. Inside their Jeep, there were lots of arms and ammunition inside a box. They had another box at the back where they put me in.
Four guys were inside that Jeep, well-armed, even the driver had his own AK-47 riffle. They drove past Festac Link Bridge to Amowu-Odofin, around 4:30pm as if they were going to Okota. Later, they came out to Oshodi -Apapa Expressway. By this time, they had not blindfolded me but they pushed my head down, lying bare on the floor of the car. One of them just held me as I was seriously bleeding. I never knew I would survive this. I couldn’t remember the places they took me to because I was lying down.
After a long journey, they stopped at a particular area, those guys jumped down and another group came on board and zoomed off again.
As we were going, we got to one house, they called the security guard who came and opened the gate, and they brought me out, gathered water, changed their cloths and called one doctor, whether he was quack or not, I do not know.
They told the doctor they had emergency. The doctor came, washed me and treated my wound. That was the first thing they did. Though, when we were about to get to where they wanted to take me to, they blind folded me.
They were administering two injections on me daily. When I asked them the kind of injection they were giving me, they said it was anti tetanus injection and pain reliever. They refused to give me water saying that if you have bullet in your body, you don’t drink water.
The second day, Evans came there with the doctor and said to me that, he came there because of me. Yet, I did not set my eyes on him. Maybe, the person that asked them to kidnap me told them that they should not let me die.
I said this because of the kind of treatment they were giving me or maybe, it could be because of my wound. But, I was seriously bleeding. At a point, they were thinking of exchanging me. They called my brother to come and let me go out and treat myself of the bullet wound.
My elder brother accepted to come but backed out at the end because those people, you never know what they planned. May be their plan was to capture the two of us before they would kill us. It was an ugly situation.
They injected me for seven good days. From that Monday till the next Sunday, every two days, there was a particular guy that came there to treat my wounds, dress it and put the bandage again. After some days, Evans called.
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