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Hairdresser narrates near death experience in Ondo kidnappers’ den

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
14 March 2022   |   4:02 am
A Hairdresser, Morayo Ayeni, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Ore/Akure highway in Ondo State, but rescued by personnel of the state’s Security Network Agency, codenamed, ‘Amotekun Corps,’ has narrated her near death experience.

The victim

A Hairdresser, Morayo Ayeni, who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen along Ore/Akure highway in Ondo State, but rescued by personnel of the state’s Security Network Agency, codenamed, ‘Amotekun Corps,’ has narrated her near death experience.

Recounting her experience,  the 29-year-old lady,  who is an indigene of Irele  Local Council,  but resides in Ore, Odigbo Local Council, said: “I saw a lady who walked into my shop, I have never seen her before.

“She said she wanted to make her hair, then I told her I was going for our association’s meeting. She claimed she was going somewhere, saying she just needed a little touch.

“I asked her to step aside to enable me clean up the shop, then she got a phone call, she picked it and started telling the caller to stop disturbing her and hung up the call angrily.

“Then she told me that she didn’t know the person calling her, then I said if she didn’t know him, he won’t be calling her, she said she didn’t recognise him.

“The man called her again and said where are you, I’ll come and meet you there, if you see me, you will recognise me; then she described my saloon to him.

“As I was sweeping, I saw a black camry car with tinted glass, then the man alighted and told the lady ‘this is me that you said you can’t recognise.’

“The lady still said she didn’t know him, then the man was approaching my shop, I was looking at him, then he hit me, saying what about you, hairdresser, don’t you recognise me?

“I felt like I was electrocuted and I told him that I’ve never seen him before and he said, why am I even talking to you two, you see that car over there, go and enter into it.

“That was all I could remember, by the time I regained consciousness, I heard someone telling me to wake up. I heard him talking to someone on the phone that he had been able to pick the ladies at the plaza.

“He didn’t have enough airtime on his phone, he was asking me if I had airtime, I was scared, but I told him I had, then he snatched my phone and called that person back with it.

“He said hello, we have brought them. The man he was talking to asked him to hold us very well, saying we must not escape from him. The lady that came to get her hair done, sat at the front and I sat at the back.”

The victim added: “The guys sat with me and squeezed me tightly on the seat, the man himself was the one who drove the car.   When we got there, he took us to one black gate, then he said we have been exposed, this gate is locked, there is no way we can enter.

“Then those boys said there’s an alternative route, we were still sitting in the car, the man and the guys entered and took us to another place with a red gate. The back of the gate is bushy, the lady was the first person they pushed inside the bush.

“She fell down and sat, the guy behind me also pushed me down, when I fell and tried to look at his face I saw that he was looking elsewhere, that was how I ran away, I didn’t look back.

“I was just running, the man that drove us mentioned the guy’s name which I have forgotten and told him that if that lady escapes, you will be the one to be killed. At the time I heard that, I increased my speed. ”

Revealing how she was rescued, she said: “I was running till I got to the main road, I didn’t know how I got to plaza area. Then I saw a bike man at the plaza, I can’t remember the place, but I know it’s not far from where I escaped from.

“I can still remember the bush I ran from but I can’t remember where the lady is, I’m confused. I got confused when I got to the road. I was running and crying, then the Amotekun men saw me and asked me what happened.

“I told them to take me to where I can board a cab back to Ore, where I was kidnapped.”

I don’t know how I got here, I was kidnapped. He asked me to enter and asked if I could follow him to Amotekun’s Office, I said yes and he drove me to the Corps’ Headquarters.”

Meanwhile, the  state commander of the corps, Adetunji Adeleye, said  efforts were ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.

Adeleye, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Amotekun commanders in the South-West region, admonished citizens of the state to be more vigilant and careful with those they make contact with.