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My family is under threat, rescued billionaire cries out


A Taraba State-based business mogul, Chief Uche Obi, has raised the alarm over threats to his life as well as that of his wife and children.

Obi, who yesterday regained his freedom from his abductors, after being held hostage for about five days, alleged that a top chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state facilitated his abduction.

Narrating what he went through in the hands of his abductors whom according to him compelled him to signed some documents, he urged President Mohammed Buhari and the Inspector General of Police to as a matter of urgency come to his rescue as the person said to have been behind his ordeals is bent on terminating his life and that of his family members.


Obi, who said his abductors did not only dehumanise him by masking his face as well as tearing his hands and kept in a secluded area for five days, thereby preventing him from communicating his family, said the alleged APC chieftain, who have been his business partner, made used of some policemen from the force headquarters to perpetrate the crime.

“For the five days they held me hostage, I was blindfolded. Even when they brought the documents for me to signed, they did not allow me to see it.”

Obi, who said they threatened to eliminate him should he refused to append his signatures on the said document, said he was left with no choice then to comply.

When reached for comment, the state police command, through its Public Relations Officer, David Misal, said the command is not aware of the involvement of police in the said exercise.

Stressing that investigation is still on, he assured that the command would follow all legitimate paths to bring to book all the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, as at the time of filing in this report, the streets of Jalingo, the state capital, have been taken over by youths, who are celebrating the released of Obi.


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