Family members of some of the passengers who were kidnapped after boarding a bus belonging to God Is Good Transport on Saturday narrated how they secured their release.
Inter-state road travellers in Nigeria are required to fill out a passengers’ manifest stating their phone numbers and that of their next-of-kin before the beginning of a journey.
The manifest is submitted to the transport company and is used to reach out to the passengers’ relatives in cases of emergency.“How the incident happened is miraculous and God Is Good (Motors) have not gotten in contact with us.“How can a company involved in this sort of incident not reach out or make efforts to empathise with the affected families?”
Kidnap at Ore
13 passengers – eight males and five females – boarded the bus, a Toyota Hiace, with registration number AYB 30 XP on September 13 at the Enugu terminal of the God Is Good Motors.
The final destination of the vehicle, which departed the Enugu terminal at 7 a.m., was Jibowu, Lagos.
However, on getting to Ore in Ondo State at around noon, they were intercepted by armed gunmen and taken to an unknown destinati1on.
The victim, an elderly woman, added that herself and other victims who are still being held captive, were tortured and denied food by the kidnappers.
Her family, according to her, paid ₦1 million to the kidnappers to secure her freedom.
The victim’s son (name withheld) narrated how his mother and other passengers were abducted penultimate Thursday.
“It happened on Thursday last week and my family paid ₦1 million to secure my mum’s release,” he said.“They were abducted in Ore, Ondo State at noon, as it was a daytime trip. I don’t know how the kidnap happened; all I know is that we received the call from the kidnappers asking us to pay a certain amount.
“We could hear our mum’s voice in the background; she was in distress and begged us to cooperate with the kidnappers.
“I didn’t even know that the bus driver and the bus itself were not abducted until we made our findings. My mum is currently under medication – she alongside other passengers were starved and tortured. She was malnourished and she has to recover from the incident.”