Kyliuk Morris, a 52 year old Canadian, on Tuesday revealed that police operatives in Ogun State assisted him to deliver N2.5million ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom.
“A policeman, who collected the ransom, paid the kidnappers to get me released from my abductors,” he said.
According to Morris, he was abducted by the kidnappers at Fidiwo in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State while heading to Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.
Morris revealed that he was traveling with his wife, Justina Kyliuk, a Nigerian, when the incident happened. They shot at his car which forced him into a ditch.
As his wife tried to escape to get help, they shot at her.
He revealed that he spent six days in the kidnappers den, saying that he was forced to eat eba and drink dirty water.
“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 told Punch.
The Canadian revealed that his sister in Canada had to provide the ransom they demanded before he regained his freedom.
“A policeman, who collected the ransom, paid the kidnappers to get me released from my abductors,” he revealed.
“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 N20,000 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.”
The Police in Ogun State confirmed that Morris was abducted and release by kidnappers. It however denied that police operative was part of the ransom payment.
The State Police PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said (as seen on Punch), that; “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.”
David Chima is the Group Head (Editors) at Naija Buzz News. He is a very experienced Journalist. He studied Mass Communication at the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State, before proceeding for Advanced Studies in Mass Communication (Journalism) at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State. He previously served as the Head Senior Reporters and Publishers at 1Push.Ng and eventually Naija Buzz News. Chima is a lover of football and a very strong supporter of Barcelona Football Club Spain.