Chief Olugbenga Giwa, who was kidnapped along with traditional ruler of Iyani Akoko, Ondo State, Oba Joel Daodu, last weekend, has said the leader of the kidnap gang, that abducted them, at a point in the forest, regretted his involvement in criminal activities.
Reliving their experience in the hands of the kidnappers, Chief Giwa said the kidnapping Kingpin begged the Royal Highness to pray for him so that he (Kidnapper) could obtain “deliverance from the spirit of criminality.”
Giwa said: “There was a time inside the bush that the leader of the kidnappers approached the monarch to pray for him to renounce his criminality. Oba Daodu consented and prayed for him.”
He debunked the claim that they were targeted for abduction, adding that they were only victims of circumstance that could happen to any passenger on the highway.
Giwa said the hoodlums held them after shooting and deflating two tyres of the vehicle they were travelling in. He said they became so apprehensive immediately the kidnappers shot their tyres that it didn’t occur to them to pray for divine intervention.
After immobilizing their vehicle, Giwa said the gunmen grabbed them and pushed him and the monarch into the bush where the journey to an ‘unknown’ land began.
According to him: “The abductors were not Yoruba going by their postures and intonations.
“They look more like Boko Haram insurgents. We were inbetween life and death because of the brutal treatment they meted out to us.”
The monarch and his second-in command were abducted last weekend near Oba-Akoko on Owo-Ikare Road around 4.30pm.
Giwa, who is the Shaba of Iyani-Akoko, drove the monarch’s car before they were seized by the kidnappers.
The kidnappers had demanded N15m for their freedom. However, they were freed Tuesday.