A kidnap victim, Denson Ojutuiwon, who was released Friday night after spending eight days in a kidnappers’ den in Delta State, has narrated how he and his fellow worker were whipped with cutlass, tortured and starved of food by their captors.
Ojutuiwon, a dredging master with Practical Dredging and Marine Company Limited, Effurun, Delta state, was abducted along with his supervisor, Robinson Gbakena, at Egrangbene community in Burutu Local Government, July 6, where the company was carrying out a dredging project.
Their kidnappers, who kept sending threat messages to the managing director of the company, Owen Nanakumoh, said they were hired by an unnamed sponsor to assassinate Nanakumoh and demanded N30 million ransom to free the workers.
They said they took the workers hostages because they did not see the managing director when they stormed the project site.
Ojutuiwon, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, yesterday, said they were taken to a location on Warri-Burutu River on Friday night and abandoned there by the kidnappers after which they were brought to Warri by a Good Samaritan.
He said, “We were in Egrangbene for a dredging project, we were sleeping on July 6 after closing from work when some persons, armed with cutlass and guns came in the night, they started beating us, asking us, where is your managing director”.
Ojutuiwon said he was blindfolded and taken away and it was later he found out that his supervisor was also kidnapped.
“They blindfolded us and were beating us with cutlass to tell them where our managing director is living in Warri and that they were recruited by somebody he has problem with on the dredging project to take his life”.
“We were starved for three days before they started giving us little food, they thoroughly dealt with us”, he added.
A reliable source said, last night, that the Anti-Terrorism Squad, ATS, Warri had arrested four persons, in connection with the kidnap and that a monarch was suspected to be the brain behind the abduction.
Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, Mr. Charles Muka, promised to find out the details and reach newsmen on Sunday when contacted for comments.