By Nick Chibunna
The wife of a retired police superintendent who was abducted at Atta, Ikeduru local government of Imo State and released two weeks later, has declared that the joy of her husband’s safe return surpassed “the joy of my wedding day”.
The retired senior police officer and a community leader in Umudimagu, Atta, Mr Christian Eronye told Christian Voice that he was inhumanely treated by his kidnappers who inflicted severe beatings on him.
Narrating the genesis of his ordeal, he said that on that fateful day, he was driving, with his wife and first daughter in tow, to keep an appointment. But at the busy Atta Junction, he said, there was a sudden outburst of gun fire resulting in the tyres of his being shattered.
He said two young men came and pulled him out of his and forced him into a waiting car which zoomed off immediately to an unknown destination as he had been blindfolded but they ended up in a thick forest.
On how he was released, Mr Eronye said he would ever remain grateful to God and to those who facilitated his release. Though he was silent on whether any ransome was paid before his release, an impeachable source informed Christian Voice that the kidnappers had demanded quite a hefty sum of money for him to be released.
Asked to suggest, in his capacity as a former top police officer, how to check kidnapping in the society, Mr Eronye submitted that the onus to check the menace rests squarely on the federal and state governments. He recommended stiffer penalties for kidnappers and perpetrators of such grievous crimes adding that they were becoming more daring and violent.
Meanwhile, family members, friends and members of the community flocked Mr Eronye’s home after his freedom to thank God for his mercies and to rain curses on the kidnappers.
By Nick Chibunna