A 52 – year- old Canadian , Kyliuk Morris , on Tuesday said policemen in Ogun State assisted him to deliver the N 2. 5 m ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom . Morris , in a chat with NEWSPAD in Abeokuta, said his ordeal started when he was abducted by the
A 52 – year- old Canadian , Kyliuk Morris , on Tuesday said policemen in Ogun State assisted him to deliver the N 2. 5 m ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom .
Morris , in a chat with NEWSPAD in Abeokuta, said his ordeal started when he was abducted by the hoodlums at Fidiwo , in the Obafemi – Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State .
The victim said he was heading for Ibadan, Oyo State , when the incident happened on March 13 , 2019 .
The Canadian noted that he spent six days in the kidnappers ’ den , adding that he was forced to eat
eba and drink dirty water .
Morris explained that he was travelling with his wife to fix his car when the two gunmen shot at his car , which made him to drive into a ditch .
He noted that when his wife tried to escape to get help , the kidnappers shot at her, while he was led to a bush .
“ I spent six days in the den of the kidnappers . They beat me up , while my wife ran around to raise the ransom they demanded , ” he added .
The victim said he was forced to call his sister in Canada who provided the ransom before he regained his freedom .
He said , “A policeman , who collected the ransom, paid the kidnappers to get me released from my abductors. ”
The Canadian , who had been married to a Nigerian , Mrs Justina Kyliuk at the Marriage Registry , Accra , Ghana , since December 9 , 2014, said they had been together for the past five years .
He stated that he decided to stay in Abeokuta to set up a farming business before the incident occurred .
When asked about how he paid the ransom, Morris said, “ A policeman assigned from Abuja gave my wife a telephone number to call an officer from the Special Anti – Robbery Squad in Ogun State .
“ Aside from the ransom , they (police) asked my wife to give them N 20, 000 as transportation fare . They said they risked their lives to get me out .
“ I want the government to be aware of what happened to me . The Nigerian government has been pushing for foreign investors to come , especially for agriculture and yet , there is no security ; absolute zero security .
“ I am not calling for a special treatment because I am a Canadian . I want people to be aware of what is happening . I just did through personal experience .
“ If they (the police) have a job to do , they should do it. I think government at all levels should hold the police responsible for what they are hired for .
“ If someone is kidnapped , the police should do their job . My wife went to see them , but they made no effort . My wife told them the exact place where I was ; nothing was done . They dragged their feet. ”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Abimbola Oyeyemi , confirmed the Canadian ’ s abduction and release .
He described the allegation of being part of the ransom payment as false .
“ He was rescued ; what he said is impossible , who is that kidnapper that will come and collect ransom from the police?
“ It is not possible because the police have been campaigning against people paying ransom to kidnappers .
“ If people stop paying ransom to them , they will stop the business of kidnapping; so , the police cannot encourage them .
“ Immediately the case was reported , the state Commissioner of Police deployed all our tactical squads to find him at all cost and eventually , he was rescued .
“ We are not aware of any ransom deal . What we know is that he was kidnapped and rescued by the police, ” the police spokesman said.