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How Fulani gunmen threatened to kill me over ransom – Kidnapped DSS official

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– A operative of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) Mike Ejiofor has narrated how his abductors threatened to kill if the requested ransom was not made available

– Ejiofor who spoke on a Channels Television programme said some people who he described as Fulani gunmen threatened to waste

– He said the men kidnapped him on his way back to Abuja from Delta state on Friday, February 10

A operative of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) Mike Ejiofor has narrated how his abductors threatened to kill if the requested ransom was not made available.

Ejiofor who spoke on a Channels Television programme said some people who he described as Fulani gunmen threatened to waste his life if a N30 million ransom was not paid for his release.

He said the men kidnapped him on his way back to Abuja from Delta state on Friday, February 10.

Ejiofor who was a former director of DSS said his younger brother told his kidnappers that they could only raise N1 million.

He the gunmen were angry at the information and threatened to kill him.

“I was driving back to Abuja from Delta State on Friday. Between Okene and Obajana bus stop, some Fulani gunmen jumped out of the bush and accosted us with sporadic gunfire. I asked my driver to stop the car.

“At that point, 4 of the Fulani gunmen, came over, pointed guns on our windows and asked us to come out.

“I want to say categorically that these people are not Fulani herdsmen but Fulani gunmen because they had nothing to do with cattle’s. There were no cattle’s around them. They just came out of the bush at about 2pm in the afternoon to perpetuate the act,” Ejiofor said.

“They took us into the bush. We trekked for about one hour into a vast forest before they said we should stop under a tree which turned out to be our abode for four days.

He said when they arrived there, he asked if he could put a call to his relatives since he was abducted for money.

But the kidnappers said he would have to wait until 10 pm.

“They collected all my belongings, my laptop bag, my IPAD, my wristwatch, my rosary and phones. They searched the ID card and saw that I was a retired DSS director and told me ‘so you are the people along with the police who have been killing Boko Haram.

I replied that that I was retired because I had to save my life,” he said, adding that four of the kidnappers were fairly educated and could operate the devices collected from him.

“The type of weapons the gunmen were carrying are so sophisticated that the police cannot fight them in the bush. The marksmanship of these people shows they are proficient.

“In fact, I was told that a bus that was behind us who refused to stop, they shot the driver on the head who died and when the vehicle skidded and tumbled, two of the passengers died while the bus caught fire. On if the herdsmen got information about his movement,’ he said.

The former DSS director also said he gathered that his vehicle was trailed after he passed a police checkpoint.

Ejiofor said: “They go after Jeeps.”

“There was a function by the Governor of Kogi State on that day. They thought my car; a Prado Jeep was part of those that attended the governor’s function in Okene.

“The (Fulani Gunmen) were drinking the water from the ponds in the bush and they asked me if I will not drink, I said I will not drink. What saved me was that there was cashew trees all over the forest and I had to eat cashew for the four days to survive.

Although he did not state how much was later paid as ransom for release, he appreciated freinds and relatives who rallied round during the ordeal.

‘There is need to declare a security emergency in the country. We have crisis in our hands. Things are not working well. We must declare emergency in the security sub sector. The greatest of all the challenges we have now is the Fulani gunmen,” he added.

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