People have different views and opinions about the world. Some call it wild haven, some say it is a dark place, another call it terrible wilderness while some it’s a paradise. Whichever way they have seen it, it is based on their individual experiences within their space of existence.
However I wonder what victims of ill-treatment like Precious Okoro would tag it after been kidnapped, flown to Libya and subjected to sex slavery.
Precious Okoro, 15, of 55 Igboroko Street, Lakwe Ajah, Lagos, was on her way back to her school, a boarding facility in Ikene, Ogun State when she allegedly kidnapped on 25 May, 2014.
Report from the school that she was not seen in the hostel and in the hall for her exams alerts the parents who immediately contacted the police, then the media where her missing was announced to the general public that whosoever has information about her whereabouts should come to fore.
All hope was almost lost when suddenly the young damsel appeared in her mother’s shop in the company of her maternal uncle on Friday 24 April, 2015, the day she was brought back to Nigeria.
It would be recalled that in connection to that Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday 28 April, 2015 paraded five suspects for conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery, and forced labour (Sex Slavery).
The suspects are identified as Innocent Onyekwe, 38, Ugwu Maduabuchi, 37, Christian Mercy, 19, Kelvin Okorie, 27, and Ogbonna Njoku, 20.
The Police spokesman, DSP Ken Nwosu, while addressing the press at the state Headquarters revealed that the suspects “after two months of holding the victim against her will and rule of decency had contacted her parents with different lines demanding ransom for her release which ranges from $30, 000, N200, 000 and N30, 000.”
He stressed that “numerous suspects were arrested but breakthrough came when Kelvin Okorie, a cousin to the mother of the victim was nabbed.”
“Through him contact was established with the gang’s members in Libya which subsequently led to the safe return of the victim to Lagos,” Nwosu said.
He said having been contacted by the parents of the victim, though “the process was long, tortuous, and harrowing, we deployed cutting edge technology and adopted out of box tactics to achieve results”
Blessing Okoro, mother of the victim, who could not curtail the overwhelming joy of her child’s return said it was “miracle seeing her again, I have already lost hope of seeing her.”
While narrating their ordeal she noted that “at the initial stage, We deposited N200, 000 into one of the account numbers the kidnappers had given us but, with the viability of technology, the money could not be withdrawn, with that, the Police arrested some members of the gang.” She added that “at another time we deposited N30, 000, but they allowed one of the suspects to have access to it, through that his address was tracked and so he was arrested.
She however said “I don’t want the Police to prosecute them, they should release them on bail, I don’t want their blood to be on my daughter, I will rather hand them over to God.”
According to the spokesman three of the suspects who were first nabbed are already charged to court while the other two would soon join their counterparts.