Delta monarch’s abducted mother, aunt regain freedom
Elizabeth Erebulu, the abducted mother of the Pere of Kabowei (Patani) Kingdom in Delta State, Shadrach Erebulu, Adou lll, has been released after 27 days in captivity.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the queen and her sister, Mrs Okee Yawoma, were freed on Monday.
Sources told our correspondent that the victims were released after their abductors allegedly collected N11m as ransom.
While Elizabeth was kidnapped at gunpoint on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at her home at Taware Quarters in Patani town, Patani Local Government Area of Delta State, Yawoma was kidnapped at Adagbabiri community, in the Sagbama area of Bayelsa State.
A source close to the royal family confirmed their release to our correspondent on Wednesday.
Our correspondent learnt that the kidnappers had earlier demanded N250m as ransom before reportedly reducing it to N11m, which was reportedly paid.
The king’s mother and her sister were said to have been subjected to inhuman treatment as they were kept by their captors under a tree in the creeks sharing boundary between Bayelsa and Delta states.
However, the Ijaw monarch, a lawyer, irked by the development, reportedly declared a spiritual war on the kidnappers.
A source said he had gone into seclusion to invoke the gods of the kingdom against those behind the abduction, considered a taboo in the area.
The source said, “The traditional ruler has said that everyone involved in the abduction of his mother and his aunt would die within 21 days unless they confessed to the crime.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the release of the victims.
What a very sad situation that we find ourselves as a country. The government must wake up to its responsibility and tackle the security challenges head-on by employing all means, including intelligence gathering at the grassroots to rid the country of this kidnapping menace.