A 51-year-old staff of Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Mr. Atoyebi Toyin, who was abducted last week has been rescued by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Three of his kidnappers have also been arrested in a forest in Osubi village, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard at the DSS office in Warri, Mr. Atoyebi, who hails from Oro in Kwara State, said he was accosted at 6:45pm last Monday in company of his wife and four children, close to their residence in Otokutu village, Udu Local Government Area of the state, by a gang of four armed men in his Acura Jeep and taken to an unknown place.
According to him, he was put in the booth of his car, while his wife and children were left to go home. But the wife then proceeded to report the incident at the office of the DSS in Warri, which promptly swung into action the next day and rescued him after a fierce shoot-out with the kidnappers at a notorious forest in Osubi village, Okpe council.
Atoyebi added that three of the abductors were apprehended, while one escaped with bullet wounds. He said a cut-to-size locally-made gun was recovered from them.
He said one of the kidnappers handed over his car key to the security personnel and told them where the jeep was parked.
Narrating further, Atoyebi said before the DSS came to his rescue, he was moved to three locations, while blindfolded.
Atoyebi added that he was kept in the forest without cover for the whole night, while a ransom of N10 million was made to the wife and family members, adding that they were threatening to kill him if the money was not brought immediately before security operatives swooped on them. [Vanguard]