Nigerian lady Blessed Cindy boarded a bus, got drugged and woke up in kidnappers’ house where she was beaten silly, raped daily for weeks and forced to watch other victims killed and their corpses cut into pieces.
Blessed Cindy says her abductors only spared her life and freed her because her sister kept talking to them and paid a half million shillings ransom.
Ransom kidnap has become more apparent and lucrative in Nigeria in recent years, buoyed by explosive population growth, rampant unemployment, incapable security forces and easy access to small arms.
Smaller mass kidnappings now routinely occur in every corner of Nigeria. Historically, usual targets of kidnapping had been the affluent and the highly placed.
However, in recent years it has moved to motorists, school children, residents of rural and urban communities’ in non-violent and violent regions of the country.
Nigeria is currently experiencing a string of mass abductions of schoolchildren, the situation has been exacerbated by ransom payment which encourage kidnapping gangs, bandits and terrorists to increase targeted abduction of school children with the hope of getting millions as a reward.
In the last few years, kidnapping for ransom has been on a steady increase. Kidnapping has taken different dimensions and undertaken by multiple armed groups. From kidnapping for ransom, hostage-taking by terrorists, bandits, and children’s abduction for child-soldier, child-trafficking and child-labour purposes.
Blessed Cindy was a victim of ransom kidnap, she narrated her horror ordeal in the hands of her abductors in a series of tweets;
“On 23rd June I was traveling from Enugu to Rivers State I entered a wrong bus at the park, the last thing I can remember very well was texting my sister that I was already on my way, after that I heard a something cold on my nose and I dozed off.
“And woke up where there’s only but one bungalow and 6 of us tied to a chair immediately I knew I have been kidnapped. There was this guy sitting down with a gun looking at us without saying a word until one huge-looking man came out of the bungalow and started telling.
“Us to pray first with a hot slap, after that, he then told us that we have been kidnapped, and we should not be afraid that as soon as our relatives cooperate with them nothing’s going to happen to us. He asked the first person his name and who to call
“The guy’s name was Philip, Philip said he doesn’t have anyone to call that he is just a normal businessman trying to make needs, they skipped him and said he wasn’t ready to cooperate yet. Long story short now reached my turn it’s only my sister I can call which they did and
“They told my sister if she likes, she should go and tell the police or army that there’s nothing they can do (that was when I knew my own has finished), they told my sister that she’ll pay N3,000,000 or she won’t see me again, my father is not too strong so my sister
“Had to keep everything away from my father. Fast forward to Philip and others, 2 people were killed right in front of me (Philip and One girl) because they couldn’t meet up with their demands and the other 3 people were released with 2M each. The reason why they didn’t kill me
“Was because my sister was picking up calls even after a week and cooperating with them, my sister had to sell some things and borrow up and down to pay 2M and on top of that right from 26th every night I eat beating, and get raped by two of them.
“When my sister Paid the money I was dropped off at 4corners near agbani at night, I am currently in a hospital receiving treatment which, I am so traumatized, I need help.
I can’t take Philip & that girl they killed off my head. They killed and cut them into pieces.
“Where they kept us, I can still recognize how the place looks like. even when they wanted to drop me after my sister Paid, they saw police on their way and police didn’t look inside the car at all, they just free then to move. Oh my Goodness God. They also took everything.
“I had left on my account which was about #268,000 they withdrew it all.
“Aaaah😭😭😭😭 Nigeria has failed me, I sleep and wake up with this traumatic experience and feel like committing suicide. I am scattered”.