‘How I was kidnapped, tortured, rescued,’ ex-FCT Minister narrates
A former Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Minister of State and one-time Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Sen. Solomon Ewuga, has narrated how he was recently abducted alongside his orderly by eight kidnappers and later escaped from the heavily armed assailants.
Ewuga, a patron of the Middle Belt Journalists Forum, MBJF, spoke to officials of the MBJF in Abuja who paid him a solidarity visit on Wednesday, following his abduction and miraculous escape.
He narrated that his kidnappers waylaid his car in the evening of Sept. 31, near Gudi town on the Akwanga-Keffi highway while he was returning to Abuja from Akwanga.
The former Nasarawa State Deputy Governor said that in the ensuing melee and confusion, somehow his driver escaped, while he and his orderly were captured by the kidnappers and taken into the nearby bushes for torture.
“They hit me on my bottocks severally and collected my drugs bag. My orderly wasn’t spared because they had mistaken him for the boss”.
“The bravity of my driver and the entire setting of the fateful journey by God Almighty saved the day. I could have been killed because those heavily armed guys were brutal.
“I first heard gunshot sounds behind the car, they were asking the driver who I was sitted next to in the rear, the next thing we saw were eight men carrying AK47 rifles.
“They ordered us out of the car and commandeered us into the bushes. Because of my illhealth, it became difficult for them to move me like my orderly.
“They used a wheelbarrow to push me but again, the bad terrain was a huge hindrance.
“Thirty minutes after the escape of my driver, soldiers from the Gov Abdullahi Sule’s nearby Gudi Farms drove nearby thus scaring the hoodlums farther into the bushes, and they abandoned me in the process.
“I had to trek for a long distance to access the main road before a sympathising Okada Rider gave me a ride.
“I thank God for everything that happened, these guys could have wasted us.
“Thanks for the unrelenting hot chase from the police in Nasarawa State.
“Three of the eight kidnappers have been arrested and are now cooling off in the police net,” Ewuga, a renowned lawyer and Edson chief said.