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“My Kidnappers Torture & Beat Me With Guns” Freed Jonathan’s Uncle Narrates Ordeal

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“My Kidnappers Torture & Beat Me With Guns” Freed Jonathan’s Uncle Narrates Ordeal

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March 13, 2014 – “My Kidnappers Torture & Beat Me With Guns” Freed President Jonathan’s Uncle Narrates Ordeal

Chief Inengite Nitabai, 70, the Uncle of President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday narrated his ordeal in the hands of kidnappers in Yenagoa, capital of southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa.

Nitabai spoke after the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hilary Opara, presented him to newsmen.

The septuagenarian, who described the experience as `traumatic’, said he was hit with gun butt and kicked on the floor by his abductors while in captivity.

Nitabai was abducted by about 10 gunmen at his home in Otuoke on 28 February.

The septuagenarian said the gunmen tied his hands, blind-folded him and tortured him to make him convince the president and other family members to pay up the ransom.

“I thank God for keeping me alive. I was made to sleep on the bare floor and fed with Garri and red oil for three weeks in the bush.

“I was tortured and beaten with guns and kicked with legs on the floor. When I was young, there was no such thing as kidnapping. I don’t know why it must be me,” Nitabai said.

Earlier, Opara said the Special Anti-kidnapping Squad led by Chris Nwogwu, secured the release of the septuagenarian.

According to him, the gunmen abandoned their victim at Ogboma, off Odioma in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Nitabai was later found by the squad and brought to the command in Yenagoa for debriefing.

Opara said the police applied utmost professionalism in the way they carried out the operations that led to Nitabai’s freedom.

He said no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

“We applied utmost professionalism in the way and manner we went about this kidnapping.

“No ransom was paid. We are going to arrest other persons involved in this crime,’’ he said.

The commissioner further thanked the family of the victim for cooperating with and believing in the police.

He said the family, especially the wife, was in touch with the police and heeded advice from the police that no ransom should be paid to the kidnappers.

The commissioner also commended the Inspector-General of Police and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 5, for giving the command the freehand to work.

Opara said Gov. Seriake Dickson, was also instrumental to the successful operations by funding many of the trips embarked upon by the police in their quest to free the victim. (NAN)



  1. joyce williams

    March 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    did I just hear you complaining. Thank God they didn’t waste your life
    I believe a ransom was paid stop kidding us

  2. red

    March 14, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    Sorry chief and thank God you are back,why you is a good question even when a kid knows the answer,you are Goodluck’s relation that’s one,Nigeria have very little security that’s two,Unemployment that’s three. forget all this interview and see a doctor,Is true that it shouldn’t be you,is still better that is you that have people that will pay and save you than a person a without such milky way if you know what am trying to say .I refuse to believe they didn’t pay for his release,you found him alone in a bush without exchanging bullets after some amount have been made according to what was posted before ,No arrest yet, They got the courage to kidnap him in the first place and held him for so long only to release him later after going through so much trouble and for you to find him like a free mango fruit by the road side? Haba make una lie small,i know say na shame that worry una.Unless you tell me the kidnappers where only trying to tell the president how bad out security is and let him know that any body can be a victim,that i can relate to.What a wonderful sweet state where kidnappers now have the president personal phone number.let this be a wake up call to our leaders,Put it into law that whoever that kidnap anybody and is caught should be put to death before our secondary school kids pick up this trade when they are short of pocket money.Once again chief welcome back home and join in praying for the betterment of Nigeria .

  3. Nomolos

    March 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Did I just read No ransom was paid?…oga police stop fooling yourself, go tell that to the birds

  4. Ola beckham

    March 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    U said dey fed u wit garru n red oil for 3weeks..and so? Did u die? Dats wat three quarter of nigerians survive with,so tell ur brother n let him knw dat nigerians are suffering..mtchewwwww

  5. Muhammad bello ikechukwu

    March 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM


  6. fernandez

    March 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    if i hear say dem no pay ransom. that is another reason y things are not going on fine in this country. when the police are feeding us false information. that is y i dont bother to read anything concerning statements from d security operatives cuz they are always lies. Imagine, they just stumbled on the man by the road side after 17 days. i guess a pastor ministered to the kidnappers and told them to repent. so that was why they had a change of heart and released the man without ransom.

  7. james

    March 14, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    this is all lies there is no way that the kidnapers will releas this man without ransom

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