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How I was Kidnapped, Released by Pete Edochie

THE popular actor, Chief Pete Edochie who was, Sunday, kidnapped at Nkpor near Onitsha, Anambra State was released Monday night.

It was not clear as press time if the family paid any ransom, but a member of the family told Vanguard that Pete and his younger brother, Tony, were still believed to be somewhere at Awka.

Though their mission to the Anambra State capital was not immediately known, there were indications that he was in the custody of the state police command.

However, in an interview with Vanguard, moments after the regained his freedom

How do you feel being taken into captive?

I never thought my life was on the line for a split second. It was not a very pleasant experience in the sense that we were under siege, but again like I said I have lived my life in such a way that I don't imagine for a split second that God would want my life terminated through violence.

I was not shaken one bit. All the young men know who I am and they cannot count me among those exploiting them, or milking this country, so I was not thinking about family or any other thing and that is the truth.

How did your abduction happen?

I was coming from Onitsha –Ukwu where we had gone to a church to sell a film on Father Iwene Tansi, which is my primary assignment now and we passed through the old road. I don't know the geography very well, but I think may be after Nkpor [Onitsha] and suddenly this vehicle came and double-crossed us and it is a vehicle that belongs to Anambra State Integrated Development Services [ANDIS] and then there was another vehicle, they over took us and shot their gun into the air and asked all of us to come out of the car and we came out of the vehicle and we were all headed into the van they came with, and they asked my other colleagues to leave and I guess that was where my ordeal started.

Were you maltreated?

Take a good look at me, I wasn't, like I said, they re garded me as their father and told me out rightly that I would not be hurt. I was not blind folded, I was not hurt, I was not tied. While we were conversing, they sustained my alcoholic passion by giving me some kind of stout. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I was discussing with them like young men of Igbo origin.

There was this report that they demanded for N10 million?

I don't know who gave you that report because you were not there with us. Who gave you that report because you were not there with us? Sometimes, you people speculate dangerously and sometimes stupidly, and when you do most of these things you endanger the lives of people who are either in jeopardy.

How could you have known without being there that they demanded N10 million? Nobody demanded N10 million ransoms for my release and nobody paid a kobo and that is final. It is blatant lies by the some sections of the media and it is very unfortunate.

You said you interacted with them. Would you let us into some of the interactions you held?

They told me that politicians in the country were ripping this country off and that their ostentatious display of ill-gotten wealth was annoying them a lot and so they decided that they too were entitled to some portions of that national cake.

That may be their method and may not be endorsed by us. It took my mind back to the Niger Delta and to incessant recurrent disturbances in the north, which for want of better expression we have described as religious disturbances.

Those incidents that keep recurring in the north are not religious disturbances, they manifest themselves as violent civil disobedience but actually, those insurrections are inspired by hapless circumstances.

What presents itself as irredeemable poverty and people who are victims of this poverty are the people who are easy to manipulate; so politicians use them to wreak havoc on the people and because the Christians are given to erecting buildings, establishing industries and whatever, they are the people who suffer a lot as a result of these disturbances. It is not as though they are the prime targets, but when people are condemned to irretrievable poverty, the person becomes desperate and resorts to violence as a result of desperation.

And when these children do these things, capture any of them and ask them why they are doing this? They will tell you that that they were given some money to go and do this; because on their own, they don't benefit from going to burn houses and churches.


These young men who took me captive a couple of hours, told me that the government doesn't take their plight into consideration, that the only way people seem to make money in this country is by getting into politics and once you get into politics, you don't give a damn about any other person; that politicians spend all the money, buy all the cars, go overseas anytime they like; then they on their own decided it is high time they stopped this. They said they are not interested in killing anybody unless you constitute a violent impediment.

So what was your advice to them?

I did not advise them in the circumstance. I did not think I was in the position to advise them. I allowed them to have free reign. We interacted, shared a few jokes and it seems as if they were too happy doing that but from all indications, they don't have a choice.

How were you able to get here, did they on their own bring you here?

They took me somewhere and left me in the night and I took a cab down here, that's all.

Did they collect anything from you personally?

No they did not. My phone is there, I decided to put it off, and people have been calling and calling. My bag is there and everything is in the bag.

When I woke up in the morning, I said, go to my bag and get me my chaplet let me pray and they went to my bag and got me the chaplet and my drugs. when I finished, they took it back. They treated me with respect, they showed me benevolence.

They respected my presence a lot, they believed that I am a very influential person in the country and that if I speak the government will listen. (Culled from Vanguard)

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Comment by OJELEKE ADEBAYO EMMANUEL on September 9, 2009 at 4:19pm
That is an example of a good leader
Comment by frank Paschal on September 2, 2009 at 9:00am
he is harmless so there was no way they wuld have hurt him
Comment by tosin love on August 25, 2009 at 12:48pm
thank GOD they av relesase him
Comment by ogechi on August 25, 2009 at 11:34am
I thank God for his life but they should go after this politician cos they are the one enjoying the National Cake and leave people that suferred hard to become what they are in the society. let Govt do something abut this issue.
Comment by Cyril on August 25, 2009 at 8:36am
God has been so great to this country which so many of this our so call politicians fail to awknowledge. All the same we give GOD the glory for his life and the message through him to the people at the helm of affairs.
Comment by hybraih on August 24, 2009 at 7:53pm
Thank GOD...........
Comment by Yinka Akinnadeju on August 24, 2009 at 5:30pm
I thank God for his life, i think Gorvernment should do something about this people.
Comment by sunday arogbonlo on August 24, 2009 at 5:23pm
so many have gone the same like you,and did not return back again ! so thank thy Lord ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Comment by Eddy Etuk on August 24, 2009 at 4:13pm
Hope the Leaders wont pay deaf ears to you
Comment by Adigwe, Maureen on August 24, 2009 at 1:46pm
Sincerely, our youths are being forced to do the nasty things they do. Let our leaders have a rethink
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