By Bisi LAWAL
Mrs Onyi Ugba, the businesswoman abducted at her supermarket at Umuoji junction, Okija Street in the Mile 1 Diobu axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers state on July 7, 2023, has regained her freedom.
Recall that the gunmen numbering about five had stormed her store and ordered the woman to hand over all the money she made from sales for the day to them.
According to a source, the visibly shaken woman hastily complied, but the gunmen, obviously not satisfied grabbed her and bundled her into their waiting vehicle after shooting sporadically to scare people.
Her whereabouts remained unknown ever since, but Mrs Ugba’s captors allowed her to breathe the air of freedom Friday night.
A source who pleaded anonymity for fear of being identified said, “She was released last night blindfolded. And some policemen on patrol rescued her.”
Asked if any ransom was paid, he answered in the affirmative but was silent on the amount paid before she was freed.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident.
She said, “Our men on stop and search in Abaili Pack Division in the Mile 1 axis of Diobu (Port Harcourt) intercepted the vehicle where she was blindfolded and rescued her.
“Investigation is ongoing to apprehend the hoodlums and make them face the law.”