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Jide Sowore’s Murder: How Fulani Herdsmen Blindfolded Us, Demanded N10million Ransom, Victim Recounts Ordeal

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One of many victims of final Saturday’s kidnapping incident within the Okada axis of Benin Metropolis, Edo State, throughout which Olajide Sowore, the youthful brother to human rights’ activist, Omoyele Sowore, was killed, Emmanuella Anyanwu, on Monday confirmed that their abductors and killers of the youthful Sowore, had been Fulani herdsmen.

In keeping with Tribune, Anyanwu, who narrated how she escaped from the abductors, confirmed that those that kidnapped her and 4 others later introduced their cows to the camp the place they had been saved within the bush.



The Edo State Police Command had, on Sunday night time, introduced that it rescued the Catholic nun from the abductors.

She stated, “On Friday, we had been coming from Lagos to the South-East and our automobile broke down round Okada on the outskirts of Benin. We handed the night time within the automobile. At about 6.30am to 7am, some males got here out from the bush capturing at us and we surrendered.

“They took our belongings together with our telephones and marched us into the bush. It took us virtually two hours to get to their camp. They blindfolded us. In order that they began calling us one after the opposite and I used to be the final particular person they referred to as. They requested me the place I used to be coming from and the place I used to be going. I instructed them that I used to be coming from Lagos and going to Imo State for my husband’s burial.

“They requested what number of children I had, I instructed them two and I additionally instructed them I promote groundnut in Lagos. They requested if I used to be the one offering the cash to bury my husband and I instructed them his brother will try this. In addition they needed to know what my sister was doing and I instructed them she sells bread within the village. They requested if I knew them, I stated no. They requested if I knew the police and armed forces, I instructed them I knew these ones.

“They instructed me they had been kidnappers and stated they kidnapped me due to ransom. They stated if I didn’t have cash, they might take my life. I requested them how a lot they needed. However one in all them was livid that I used to be asking them questions. I instructed them I wanted to know the ransom.

“They requested if I had N10million and I instructed them there was no strategy to get that form of cash. I instructed them I’d give them N500,000 from cash gathered from my village. One among them stated I used to be a idiot they usually instructed me to take a seat down.

“Then it began raining closely they usually went away and introduced one man once more. In order that they took one thing from that man and their consideration was on it. So I eliminated my blindfold and determined to flee however I made a decision to shelve the plan until midnight.

“However my spirit instructed me to flee as a result of I’d not have the chance to take action within the night time as a result of the abductors didn’t sleep within the night time. I crept and that was how I escaped.”

When she was requested in regards to the tribe of those that kidnapped her, she stated: “I consider they’re Fulani, as a result of on that Saturday afternoon, they launched their cows they usually got here to the place we had been being held. I noticed a mast far-off and I began trekking in direction of it. After one hour or extra, I bought to a street and noticed an aged man on bike and I requested him to take me to the police station, which he did.”

She added that the herdsmen had been very harsh in direction of their victims.

“They had been very harsh and warned us not to take a look at their faces, in addition they requested us to not speak to at least one one other. They had been beating the boys however spared the ladies.  I sustained the injuries on my physique after I was looking for my manner out of the bush,” she stated.

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