At the headquarters of the Delta State Command of the State Security Services (SSS) in Asaba, she could pass for an innocent lady. But this soft-spoken lady has a way of getting men old enough to be her father, especially randy politicians, to willingly eat poison from her palms. Welcome to the world of 20-year-old Philomena Ogbovoh, arrested with two others for allegedly kidnapping a politician.
A native of Kwale in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state, she had left her land of birth years ago in search of greener pastures in Ozoro, in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, where she worked as an auxiliary nurse in a private clinic. As at the time of filing this report, Phil, as she is fondly called, and her boyfriend, Daniel Ubah (24), as well as another accomplice, Kingsley Otuya (25), were cooling their heels behind bars at the SSS head office and would soon face prosecution.
Phil allegedly used her God-given ‘treasure’ to lure a political bigwig (names withheld) of one of the vibrant political parties in the state, into abduction by her boyfriend and his two partners-in-crime, including one Jersey currently at large. The failed kidnap was said to be Jersey’s idea.
It was gathered that Phil and Daniel started their relationship in Kwale where Daniel was a contract security personnel in an oil firm and at different times, the lovebirds left Kwale ostensibly in search of better life.
However, in March, this year, they ran into each other at Ozoro and re-ignited the affair. Their re-union soon spelt doom for the politician who is eyeing an elective position in the state but said to be tight-fisted. Apparently overwhelmed by Phil’s beauty, the politician, who is old enough to be Phil’s father, made amorous advances toward her. Phil said that moved by the irritating pressures from the ‘sugar daddy’, she decided to plunge him into an image crisis through blackmail, an idea she sold to her boyfriend, Daniel.
She said: “I was in my house and the man had been pestering me for sex. I begged him not to do it because he has a wife and a girlfriend whom he told me about. He kept on disturbing me until Daniel came to my house one day and I told him about the harassment.
“I told Daniel that I didn’t want anything to do with the man and I initially planned that he should take photographs of the man, so that I could extort money from him by threatening to expose his sexual escapades.”