By O’star Eze
A 25-year-old bricklayer (name withheld) from Ijebu-Igbo who was kidnapped in Ibadan, Oyo state, last month, claimed that it was a scar he had on his head that made his kidnappers leave him unscathed.
Making this disclosure recently in an interview in Lagos, the man said that he was lured into the nest of the kidnappers by a man who approached him while he worked in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogunstate with promise of a contract.
He said that the kidnapper who approached him claimed to be a civil engineer and had sent him 2000 naira transport fare inviting him to come to Ibadan for a bricklaying contract.
“As I got to Ibadan, I called to inform him and he told me to wait for him at the Iwo Road area of Ibadan. So, I waited for him at a restaurant there. He came shortly but with one other man. They both came in a Toyota Camry car. The other man drove while the engineer seated by him in the front. They asked me to come in to the back seat of the car. And I asked them of the location of our destination. They told me that the job was somewhere immediately after Ojoo.
“Like about five minutes or so after I have entered with them, the man driving the car was now asking the engineer if he’s sure that I would be able to do the job they were about giving to me. And the engineer replied him that he had seen my work before. It was at this point that the man on the steering stretched his hand to me at the back to give me a handshake. As our palms touched each other, that was the last thing I knew.”
According to Osinlowo, he got hypnotised through the handshake and before he got back to his senses he was already in the bush.
“They took me into a thick bush where there were short rocks like stools. There was no building there. They sat me down on one of the rocky stools and very close to me was an elderly woman seated on the ground. I was hearing mixed noise of people on the other side of the bush but could not tell what was actually going on there.
“The first day I was not fed, but on the second day, they came to feed me. When it was the third day, they came to shave off the natural dreadlocks on my head with a razor.
“In the twilight of the third day, an elderly man came to the spot and asked for the person said to have been brought by ‘Foka’. They told him I was the person. The old man shouted on me ‘stand up’. As I did, I went closer to him and he asked them that where the hair they shaved off from my head was. They brought it to him. And he saw that it was dreadlock.
“He now asked me what happened to my head because there is a scar on my head. I told him I was still a little boy when I got wounded. Then he questioned further how old the scar was and I told him that my younger brother they gave birth to when the incident happened was now 21 years old”.
“The man now faced the men and told them that he had been warning them not to bring people with scar to him anymore. He later told them that he would not be able to do anything with me because of the scar on my scalp. He then left us there and went his way.”
Osinlowo said that,later that night the old man rejected him, two men came to tie his hands with rope and his face with wraps of cloth and was dragged into a vehicle.
“As they took me into the vehicle, I noticed the vehicle began to move. After driving for a while, they later untied my hands and face and shortly they dropped me down from the vehicle on a bridge with a warning that if I stoodd up from where they dumped me, they would come back to shoot me.
“Immediately their vehicle began to zoom I began to shout ‘thief’, ‘thief’, but they had zoomed off. It was the RRS police around the place that told me I was in Lagos. The policemen now contributed little money for me to enable me return home”.