Warri – A 12-year-old boy named, Michael Ola, has escaped from the hands of kidnappers, who abducted him up from Udu in the evening of Monday.
He however managed to escape at a spot in Warri, Delta State, where the kidnappers were seated for a drink before completing their mission.
According to the little boy who narrated his ordeal on his release, he was sent to buy fresh pepper at the popular Jigbale Market in Ovwian, Udu Local Government Area, when he was accosted by some men and was forced inside a Toyota Camry car and driven away.
He disclosed that his legs and hands were later tied and he was kept in the boot of the car. Luck, however, came his way when the kidnappers packed the car at a spot in Osubi to catch a drink and so open the booth of the car to allow the victim catch some fresh air before taking him to their den, apparently for ritual purposes.
He added that he quickly untied himself by breaking the cord with his teeth and ran away into a nearby Church, God’s Grace Ministry, in Osubi, from where he was taken back to Udu before eventually reuniting with his family.
Honourable Peter Agadagba, a former Councillor with Udu Local Government Council, into whose care the boy was released, expressed shock at the new wave of security breach in the area, stressing that the antics of ritualists operating with small cars was on the rise.
He disclosed that the kidnappers were fond of luring young boys and girls out of their home or forcing them to enter their vehicles along the road before they are taken to unknown places for ritual purposes.
He also warned parents to be weary of the movements of their wards in this Yuletide season.