Female lecturer recounts how she was kidnapped and raped

Three kidnappers, Uche Iberi, Destiny Kemka, Chile Worlu, have been arrested for kidnapping and raping a senior lecturer in one of the tertiary institutions in Rivers State, TheNation reports

The victim has now given a graphic details of how she was raped in the forest of Emohua LGA and how she miraculously escaped from the kidnappers’ den.

Amid tears on Friday, she said: “I was in my house in Port Harcourt on April 30, 2019, when I saw two guys first, pointing a gun at me. One of them cocked the gun and he asked after my husband but I said he had not closed from work.

They asked of my ATM card and PIN. I gave him. He asked if I had money in the house I said no but I had gold, which could be sold for N50, 000 but they rejected it.

That day, they paid me salary. I told them to let me give them the salary that was transferred to me. One of them then gave me an account number, which I forwarded my salary, N59, 000, to.

That night, we spent about two hours in the bush, just moving around and I was barefooted because they did not allow me to wear slippers, thereby giving me injuries.

I slept on bare ground in the open forest. The next morning, one of them raped me. Later in the afternoon, I stood there and I cried. When it rained heavily, we were all under the rain. I was completely wet.

The elderly one said teachers’ money (ransom) was N5 million, but if my husband could raise N3 million, they would let me go. They then called my husband, but he was calm and he said he had no money again since they had collected the over N100, 000 he had with the ATM card.

That was when I knew that they had collected the money. I told God that after all my suffering, the kidnappers would not take the requested N3 million from my husband.

They said my husband promised to call them before 12 noon on that day to drop the ransom. So, they were happy. One went to sleep, while the other took his phone and went away.

I waited for a while, the one that went to make call was not coming. I saw it as an opportunity to escape. That was how I ran away.”

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