Persons With Disability Leader Narrates Ordeal With Kidnappers

18/01/2022 5:57:00 AM

Persons With Disability Leader Narrates Ordeal With Kidnappers

Persons With Disability Leader Narrates Ordeal With Kidnappers

National president of Persons With Disability Initiative Nigeria, Mr Augustine Onwuamaegbu, has narrated how he was abducted and tortured by suspected

kidnappers on Abuja-Kaduna Road.the Abuja residence of the Supreme Court Justice, Mary Peter Odili on October 29 last year.Published 17 January 2022 Operatives of the Ogun State Social Orientation and Safety Corps, aka So-Safe Corps, have arrested a suspected notorious kidnap kingpin, Bature Ibrahim, in the Oke-Ogun area of the Saharareporters, New York Jan 17, 2022 A suspected kidnapper, Suleiman Ibrahim, has confessed to conniving with members of a group to kill his cousin, Najahid Abdullahi because the family refused to pay the required amount as ransom.

The incident occurred last week when he led a team of volunteers to distribute free hearing aids, walking sticks and other relief materials to persons with disabilities between Akilbu and Rijana villages on the Abuja-Kaduna Road.Onwuamaegbu, who is also a humanitarian worker and human rights activist, told newsmen in Abuja yesterday that the kidnappers had warned him to “stop fraternising with some politicians in the opposition against the interest of the ruling government in power.At the trial kick-started by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, ASP Chidawa told Justice Nkeonye Evelyn Maha that the 15 defendants led by a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Lawrence Ajodo, stormed the house in a fearful manner around 6 pm of October 29.“They clearly warned me to stop exercising my freedom of expression given to me by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.He said, “Operatives of the corps were instructed to secure identified black spots across the state and revisit the records of suspected kidnappers to effect their arrests.They beat me and tortured me mercilessly and told me that it was the last warning from them and that they would be monitoring my movements, associations and utterances.He told the court that he demanded for the search warrant and upon going through, he discovered the search warrant signed by a Chief Magistrate was addressed to No 9, Imo Crescent, Abuja.ADVERTISEMENT “I am afraid for my life because I am a person with disability.I was the only one arrested.

We are a democracy but I am not allowed to freely associate with persons or groups recognised by the law of my country,” he said.The witness further informed the court that he subsequently ran to Justice Mary Odili, who promptly made some phone calls that eventually nailed and aborted the unlawful mission of the defendants.Read Also.The visibly shaken humanitarian worker said it was the third time in a row he was being attacked, trailed by suspected assassins who had sent threat messages to kill him unless he mobilises persons with disabilities in Nigeria for a certain political party to win elections in 2023.Onwuamaegbu said he was trailed by the abductors sent by their political masters from Abuja and after they had picked him and beaten him up for two days, left him in a helpless situation before some good Samaritans picked him from the bush where he was abandoned by his assailants.Meanwhile, further trial has been adjourned to March 1, 2022 by Justice Maha.YOU MAY.

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