One Chance robbers in Abuja have upgraded their nefarious practice of picking unsuspecting passengers and dispossessing them of their valuables to now detaining their victims and collecting ransom.
A journalist with the Pilot newspaper in Abuja, Mrs. Joy Imisi, from Bayelsa State and correspondent of the Information Ministry, closed from her office at Wuse Zone 3 on Wednesday, and boarded a vehicle heading to Airport road. Unknown to her the driver and other occupants of the vehicle were members of a One Chance gang.
Education Tell exclusively learnt from a source who narrated the incident that the kidnappers immediately diverted the vehicle from the direction she was supposedly heading to, brought out their weapons and threatened to kill her if she did not cooperate with them.
The kidnappers got Mrs Isimi to contact the editor of her newspaper, Dr. Austin Maho and demanded for money to release her. Maho called the reporters and line editors in his office, since they were in the middle of production, to rally round and see how much they could raise money to rescue Isimi.
The media house, it was learnt, raised some money and also contacted Mrs. Isimi’s husband who also contributed money. At the end they raised N110, 000 which the kidnappers directed them to pay into Mrs. Isismi’s account. They collected her ATM card and went to an ATM machine and collected all the money before they released the victim.
According to the source, “She left office early around 6pm and was heading to Airport road. On her way she entered this vehicle and as they were going they diverted and carried her to one place and used her phone to call the editor.
“So, the editor called all of us and we gathered because we were doing production. He now gave us the information. Everybody started scampering to raise money because they were torturing her and threatening that they will kill her if we don’t raise the money.
“That’s how we now rally around and sent some money. Eventually, the husband was alerted and he sent down some money also. You know they used her account number. They asked us to send money into her account so. It was now around 8pm. They now collected her ATM and collected the money before they released her”.
Asked if the police was contacted the source said they did not contact the police because that could endanger the life of the kidnapped woman because the police would delay in taking action.
“You know that kind of kidnapping, they don’t have a strong room where they can keep somebody for long. They just held the lady and quickly transacted the business and released her immediately.
“We wanted to report to the police because we discussed that but we concluded that if we reported to the police it may take time before they will take action and they can take her from that place and she may be in danger,” the source said.