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How Fulani Herdsman Lured Me Into Kidnapping US Returnees — Shop Owner

A shop owner in Ebonyi State, Njoku Michael, has narrated how a Fulani herdsman lured him into the kidnapping of some returnees from the United States of America for the last Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The shop owner, who was paraded alongside 16 other persons, made the revelation when he was paraded by the spokesman of the Ebonyi State Police Command, Joshua Akandu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, at the State Headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital.
He confirmed that they received N40 million ransom, in both Naira and Dollar, as ransom for the kidnap.
Michael, who is from Abia State, said: “We were four persons who carried out the kidnap but it was only two of us who were captured by the police and we don’t know where the others are.
“We didn’t kill anybody, the lady who died was out of fear, we didn’t shoot anybody.
“The person who involved me into the kidnap of these persons we kidnapped in Ebonyi didn’t disclose it to me.
“The man who involved me is a Fulani man, he is my customer.
“He buys things from me in my shop where I sell provisions.
“The man came to my shop on December 13, 2023 with his cattle.
“I told him: ‘Alhaji, you have many cows now o.’
“But he told me: ‘Yes, the cows are mine.’
“I pleaded with him to borrow me N50,000 and promised to pay him back in February.
“He told me that he had no money and promised to get back to me.
“Five days later, the man came back to me.
“He didn’t come back with his cattle this time around.
“He told me that he wanted to carry me to work in Afikpo, Ebonyi State and I had never been to Afikpo before.
“I asked him the type of work he wanted to carry me told and he told me it’s manure work, that he wanted me to bag it and if I worked hard, I would earn N30,000 or N40,000 in four days.
“I said okay and called my brother to be taking care of my shop so that I would follow the Alhaji and go for that work.
“I followed the man to Afikpo and we got to Afikpo on that New Year in the evening.
“He bought me food and lodged me in one hotel. In the money, he stopped a bike and told me to join him in the bike and he took me to a thick forest and told me he was coming back.
“He went and brought two of his brothers and kept them with me.
“He didn’t tell me what he wanted me to do and it was evening period.
“He left us and came back with a bag.
“When he turned it on the ground, it was a gun and a cloth.
“I asked him what we were going to do with a gun, he asked me: ‘I think you said you were looking for money? This is the time we are going to look for the money.’
“He prepared himself finish and told us to follow him.
“We got to a bush path where he ordered us to stay in a corner in that bush path.
“When we were in the bush, he saw a jeep coming and shot on the air.
“The vehicle stopped and he attacked the vehicle and opened it.
“There were two men and one woman and he ordered the two men and one woman out on the ground and told them to follow us.
“He was at the front directing us and we followed him to a thick forest.
“We trekked for two hours before we got to the thick forest.”
Source: The Punch.

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