For more than three hours yesterday, the Deputy Registrar of the Federal Polytechnic, Mr. Jerry Akpabio, recounted his three day experience in the hands of kidnappers, saying it was just a bitter pill for anyone to swallow.
It was at a special thanksgiving ceremony held after he regained freedom at the St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, Ukana in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Jerry, according to family a source, was kidnapped Tuesday last week while driving along the Abak-Ikot Ekpene Highway.
His abductors, it was gathered, seized him at gunpoint in a commando- style and sped him off with his Toyota Highlander Sport Utility Vehicle (HUV).
“The kidnappers had demanded for millions of naira and threatened to kill him if they beat the deadline of 72 hours or invited the Police into the matter”, the source told our Correspondent.
“Following series of negotiations with the kidnappers, the family was able to raise N7Million to facilitate his release”, he disclosed, adding that though the Deputy Registrar was released unharmed, the kidnappers could not also released his Highlander Jeep.
While praising the God Almighty yesterday, Mr. Akpabio, accompanied by members of his family, friends and associates, said he passed through hell and prayed that such travails should not be the portion for anyone.
According to him, it was necessary for people to serve God diligently if one must attract the benevolence of God in time of needs and expressed happiness for the benefit of life to be reunited with family.
The presiding Priest, Donald Akpan, stressed the need for all to have the wisdom of God to be able to flee from all encumbrances of evil and prayed God to strengthen the family and imbue it with the strong spirit to see the ugly incident as a passing phase.
– Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo