The only female Deaconess, Mrs Ibelegbu Chidinma who was kidnapped along with four others who were later released on Saturday said their abductors were Fulani herdsmen.
Her allegation was corroborated by Mr Chimela Iroha, son of James Iroha of the Masquerade fame who said their abductors took them 30 kilometres away from the Expressway into the bush and were made to sleep in the swamp forest.
He confirmed that the intonation of their abductors showed that they are Fulanis. Her testimony has further underscored the banditry threat posed by the criminal wing of herdsmen, on a rampage in many parts of the country.
Chidinma said she prayed that God should allow her captors to fall asleep after which she sneaked out of the kidnappers’ den.
She was the first captive of the abductors that got in contact with the police this morning, before the four others were later rescued by the police.
The victims were Chidinma Ibelegbo, Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Deaconess Chidinma Ibelegbo, a Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Chimela Iroha, Okoro Olowukwe Chidioze Eluwa and Ndubusi Owuabueze.
They were abducted last Thursday while travelling from the Eastern part of the country to Lagos.
Mr Iroha while narrating their ordeal said the hoodlums numbering about 10 stormed out of the forest around the area, stopped their commercial vehicle, started shooting sporadically for about an hour until police arrived and led them into the forest.