Kidnappers Free Imo Entertainers After N1m Ransom


Gunmen who kidnapped two entertainers, Ugo Stevenson and Izunna Obiakor, in Owerri, Imo State, have freed them after receiving N1m ransom.

They were held hostage for five days. Stevenson, a 2008 winner of Nigeria Music Awards, is a popular high life musician, writer and public commentator, while Obiakor is the Chief Executive Officer of Twinstar Lightening and Stage House in Owerri .

The duo were riding home in the same vehicle on Wednesday when some gunmen waylaid them in the World Bank area of the state capital, and abducted them.

Stevenson, who said they were freed on Sunday, explained that their abductors blindfolded them and dropped them off in the Okuku area of the state.

Stevenson said, “Our experience was horrible. They were mean. We were blindfolded for the five days that we stayed with them.

“They were professional kidnappers. While they held us in their den, they brought in other victims.

“About N1m was paid for our freedom. The 2007 Toyota Highlander, which Izunna just bought, was not released to us.

“They collected everything with us, including our Permanent Voter  Cards, identity cards, mobile phones and other valuables.”