How We Regained Freedom – Kidnapped Koreans, Nigerian

How We Regained Freedom – Kidnapped Koreans, Nigerian

The five workers of South Korean firm, Hyundai Heavy Industries Limited, including three Korean nationals were yesterday released by their abductors, describing their ordeal as horrifying and that they were tagged bad market.

The abducted persons include Joon Suk Chaee, Jong Hgi Kim, Hi Ko Kim, Doo Won Lee and a Nigerian, Austin Giwa from Ogun State.

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Narrating their ordeal, the Nigerian, Austin Giwa, said a group of armed seven men on December 17, stormed their office at about 3pm and whisked them away to an awaiting speed boat to a mangrove.

Giwa said the armed men shot sporadically to scare the workers away before they took them away and started demanding N200m as ransom from the company.

According to Giwa, “the kidnappers described the market of abducting the four expatriates and him as a bad market without ransom value and used helmet on their heads”.

He said they were guarded by armed men throughout out their stay in the mangrove and made series of telephone contacts with the company before finally decided to free them on Friday night at about 9.30pm as they dropped at Azikoro village before police came to their rescue.

The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Kingsley Omire yesterday announced the release of the four kidnapped Korean workers of the Hyundai Heavy Industries Company, saying the disagreement among the kidnappers led to the voluntary release of the Koreans and arrest of two suspects.

The police Commissioner, Kingsley Omire, said the release was an act of God and that there was a disagreement among the kidnappers over issues of ransom demand and thereby voluntarily released the five persons and dropped them at Azikoro Village near the state capital.

He noted that shortly after the kidnappers dropped them at Azikoro village, the operative of Doo Akpor went for their rescue and kept them in a hotel before bringing them to the command for documentation.

He said, “the four Koreans and one Nigerian regained their freedom at about 9.30pm on Friday night, even as they were frequently fed with bread, rice and water.”

He told the management of the company that the command would ensure adequate policing of the water way and provide effective and adequate policing of the firm and the workers residences to curb similar occurrence.


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