Abductors Free A’Ibom School Principal After N4.2m Ransom

Abductors Free A’Ibom School Principal After N4.2m Ransom

BY INIOBONG SUNDAY, UYO

Abductors of Mr. Monday Ekoriko, the Principal-General, P-G, of Madonna Community Secondary School, MCSS, Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has regained freedom.

Ekoriko, a Church Leader of the United Evangelical Church (UEC), was seized by armed hoodlums, who stormed his Udianga Enem country home in Etim Ekpo LGA,on September 4, and whisked him away, using his Lexus SUV, which was later abandoned at the Ekparakwa axis of Oruk Anam LGA.

Although the kidnappers bad demanded for N50 million, our Correspondent garthered that N4.2million was eventually paid to secure his release.

Speaking to our Correspondent yesterday, Ekoriko, said he was subjected to death threats throughout the period of his travails in the forest in a bid to compel him to quickly raise the ransom cash.

“They took me from their camp, tied my face with black ribbon and escorted me out of the forest and dropped me somewhere in a community in Mkpat Enin LGA at about 12::10 Am this morning (yesterday). From there, I did immediately knew where I was because there was no single person at that hours of the night.

“I started trekking and jogging from there towards Ekparakwa axis and headed towards Ukanafun LGA when my eyes became clearer. At Ukanafun, I was able to connect my friend, who drove me to my compound, Udianga Enem in Etim Ekpo LGA”, he recalled, adding that he  was fed with beans, eba and fruits, especially cocumber during the two weeks in their captivity.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, assuring that “despite the release the Command will stop at nothing to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to book”, adding that “the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, has vowed that the matter is investigated”.

“Security in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun LGAs has been beefed-up to forestall such incident in future”, he added.