Breathing his air of freedom again, former Commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State, Chief Clement Uhembe, who was abducted last Tuesday night by unknown gunmen, has been recounting his ordeal and the confession of his kidnappers.
The gunmen had abducted the senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Federal University, Lafia from his residence at Akunza Migili, in the outskirts of Lafia the State capital, at about 8:30pm and later demanded N30million ransom for his release.
‘The Nation’ reports that the victim was released by his abductors and reunited with his family at about 9pm Thursday after payment of an undisclosed sum of money as ransom.
Uhembe, while recounting his ordeal to sympathizers at his residence yesterday said he “saw hell” in the kidnappers’ den as he was chained for three days without food.
According to him: “My abductors chained me throughout the period I was in captivity and warned me not to talk too much because I was trying to make them see reason while they should denounce their criminal ways and find legitimate means of livelihood.
“I trekked for about six hours with them from my house where they picked me to a thick forest around the Adogi area of Lafia.
“There are many other kidnapped victims abducted from different parts of the country, who are still being held in that forest. I observed that they have a very strong network and a unique way of communication within the forest.”
The former Commissioner further revealed how he was handed over to another set of the abductors on reaching the forest on the fateful night.
“They run shift, some of them will go out and abduct their victims and hand over the victims to another set of people upon reaching the forest. Those ones are responsible for chaining and monitoring the kidnapped persons.
“The kidnappers camping in that forest are in large numbers. Those of them that came and abducted me were ten. Out of this number, eight were armed with AK-47 rifles while the remaining two had machetes and other sharp objects”, he also recalled.
According to him the kidnappers were specialists in their form of crime, and they understand and could speak almost all the dialects in the State.
“My experience in the kidnappers’ den is something one will not wish even his worst enemy to pass through. I really saw hell”
“They told me they were misinformed by their informants about my financial status. That the information given to them about me was that I was rich, I receive N1.5million from the state government every month and that I own a flashy black car.
“The kidnappers also told me that on reaching my house they observed there was no light and my fence had no gate, so they began to wonder the kind of rich man that the entry point to his compound had no gate and was living in darkness,” Uhembe further recounted.
He thanked God for sparing his life and appreciated the Nasarawa State Government, security agencies, his colleagues, friends and relations for their prayers and support towards his safe release.