Father of the two kids kidnapped in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, Mr. Johnson Eko James, denied the allegation that he paid N1 million as ransom to the four-man gang to secure the release of the children. The victims were abducted on their way to school on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the other child of the family, Divine, 6, said he had to hide inside their mother’s car when he discovered that the kidnappers had abducted his brother and sister as three of them were being taken to school by the mother and immediately ran home to inform the father.
The father of the kids-Master Emmanuel Johnson (10) and Miss Treasure Eko (4) who regained their freedom Friday night-said that it was the work of God that his children came back to him hale and hearty without him paying any ransom.
Briefing newsmen yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Osita Ezechukwu, said that as a result of the pressure and raid that the police embarked upon, the kidnappers abandoned the kids at the army junction, Calabar.
He said immediately police were informed of the kidnapping incident, they responded by searching for the children at all nooks and crannies of the state capital, adding that the kidnappers were pressurized by the quick intervention of the police to let go the children.
Ezechukwu said the police were not at any time informed that ransom was paid; rather the children were abandoned by the abductors.
One of the kidnapped kids, Emmanuel, said that immediately they were kidnapped, they were blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination. He also said that they were fed by the abductors and were not tortured.