Barely a week after a septuagenarian was abducted at Olomu kingdom in Delta State, before escaping from their den, another septuagenarian, Mrs Helen Sakpa, who was kidnapped last week Thursday, has been found and handed over to her children by men of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta.
This brings to the fore the seeming knack for the abduction of the aged, especially females, by kidnappers in recent times in the state, amid several unreported cases of kidnapping.
The 73-year-old woman was enjoying a dinner with her husband on October 31, when her abductors came calling. They yanked her away from her delicious meal and dragged her to a waiting vehicle before whisking her to an unknown destination.
Five heavily armed men were said to have committed the crime for a ransom of N50 million.
According to the septuagenarian, she was abducted by 7.30 p.m. at her home at Owhodokpokpo in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State during a dinner with her husband.
After much ordeals in the hands of her abductors, she was found four days later in a bush by a village at Agip Beniboye in Forcados area in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Mrs Helen Sakpa, who spoke in Urhobo language, expressed joy that she was alive and well after her ordeal.
According to her, she said she had been in the forest, laying there in hunger and also being exposed to insect bites since her abduction, until last Monday when she was taken to a river.
The Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Sidi-Alli Garba, who was represented by his deputy, C. A Nwagu, handed over the woman to her eldest son, Mr Dickson Sakpa, on Monday, at NNS Delta base, Warri.
The naval boss reiterated the determination of the men of the Nigerian Navy to ensure that the Niger Delta is rid of every form of criminality.
According to Nwagu, the kinappers had demanded a ransom of N50million from the family, adding that the state security service and vigilance groups have been on the trail of the abductors of the old woman.
The naval boss said he was happy to hand over Mrs Sakpa to her eldest son hale and hearty, adding that she was given first aid while she was in the custody of the Nigerian Navy.
He thanked everybody for the efforts they put in to frustrate the work of the criminals, while stressing the need to be our brothers keeper.
He called on citizens of the state not to withold information that would help expose those involved in any form of criminality from the security agents.
Eldest son of the abducted woman, Mr Dickson, who is a staff of Globestar Drilling Company, while recounting the ordeal his family went through, gave glory to God and expressed his happiness.
He thanked security agents for their efforts in ensuring his mother’s safe release from her abductors without any form of ransom being paid.
Also present at the press briefing were the chairman, Delta State Vigilante, Monday Ohwesiri and Delta State Security Coordinator, Honourable Victor Egbo, who both expressed joy, saying their labour was not in vain and reiterated their commitment to fighting criminals to a stand still in the state.