Kidnappers free A’Ibom principal after N4.2m ransom

The Principal-General of Madonna Community Secondary School (MCSS) in Oruk Anam local government of Akwa Ibom Monday Ekoriko has regained freedom after allegedly paying N4.2m to kidnappers who abducted him about two weeks ago.

Ekoriko was seized by armed hoodlums at his Udianga Enem country home in Etim Ekpo LGA on September 4 and whisked away.The hoodlums also made away with his Lexus SUV, which was later abandoned at the Ekparakwa axis of Oruk Anam council area.

Although the kidnappers demanded N50 million, it was gathered that N4.2million was eventually paid to secure his release.

Ekoriko, while narrating his ordeals in the hands of his captors, said he was subjected to death threats 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 immediately knew where I was because there was no single person at that hour 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 cucumber during the two weeks in their captivity.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, said: “Despite the release, the Command will stop at nothing to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to book.”

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