A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Alamin Saleh Bature has been rescued from Abuja kidnappers by good Samaritans.
PRNigeria gathered that the swift intervention and efforts of an Igbo Christian, identified as Godspower Chinaechrem and two Northern Muslims, helped in the rescue of the victim from the jaws of the kidnappers.
The abduction attempt on Alamin Bature who an ICT graduate of the University of Cape Coast is, in Ghana occurred around 7:30 pm on Wednesday, at the popular Maitama Amusement Park, Abuja.
The father of the victim, Mallam Saleh Bature, a director in the public father narrated how his son was rescued on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Mr. Bature, in a social media post, said if not for the intervention of Nigerians from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, the story would have been a ‘terrible’ one by now.
The Director’s post, titled “How My Son Was Rescued From Kidnappers,” reads: “Like the previous days of the week, Wednesday, March 16th 2022 started like any normal day for my son, Alamin Saleh Bature, a National Youth Service Corps member and graduate of Information Communications Technology from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
“His mother revealed the news of his Kidnapping to me at a time I was about to retire to bed by 9:30pm. It was like a dream. How my wife came into the room, her countenance and the way she was breathing, holding a cellphone to her ear showed that there was something amiss about that telephone conversation. Visibly disturbed and disoriented, she looked at me and said, ‘’Alamin has been abducted, but thankfully, the man I have spoken with told me he is safe at Garki police station and one kidnapper was arrested.’’
“Ordinarily, Maitama Amusement park (MAP) should be the last place to expect a kidnapping operation in Abuja. The park is a bustling resort full of family fun, excitement and an array of activities and eateries. Unfortunately, it was at this spot that the three young men who were camouflaged as policemen abducted him. The incident occurred around 7:30 pm.
“The kidnappers accosted him and accused him of thievery and dope pedalling. They handcuffed him and forced him into a waiting Toyota corolla car. As soon as they sped off and out of the sight of the people at the park, they asked their captive to give them N1000,000 to bail himself and go scot-free. They stopped at the access bank branch at Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 where they forced him to empty his account by withdrawing the last N30,000 in the account.
“To frighten and compel him to succumb to their demand, they took him to a dark spot near the former SARS office. It was at this point that the urgency to escape and save his life from from the captivity of those wolves dawned on him.
“He told them that the transfer he was expecting must have entered his account. Unknown to the greedy and wicked criminals, it was their attempt to get more money that led to freedom for my son and the arrest of one kidnapper who incidentally owned the vehicle with which they committed the crime.
“At the Zenith back branch on Lagos Crescent, he ran away to save his life. They pursued him until he fell to the ground because of exhaustion. A commotion broke out when Alamin told the crowd about what had transpired and showed the receipt of the N30,000 they forced him to withdraw from his account and give them. As the commotion ensured, an ‘’ambush team’’ of security men arrived the scene. Two of the kidnappers escaped with the vehicle but one was arrested.
“On reaching the Garki Divisional Police station on Lagos Crescent, Garki II, two armed police officers at the gate showed me to a parking space and led me to the office where my son was writing his statement. On the floor near the entrance to the office, I saw a young man, light in complexion handcuffed to a steel column (who was obviously one of the kidnappers).
“I was introduced to Mr GodsPower Chinaechrem, a Christian of Igbo extraction and two Hausa men in native attires as the good Samaritans God used to rescue my son. When one kidnapper showed his fake police identity card and were about to go with Alamin, he held GodsPower’s hand firmly and said, ‘’I am not a thief. Don’t allow them to go with me, please.’’ Like a revelation from above, God Power felt that the victim was innocent of the spurious charges against him.
“Godspower said, he saw the innocence in the eyes of the hapless and helpless young man and he empathized with him immediately. He questioned why they did not detain their alleged criminal at the Maitama Police station? He, therefore, insisted that the boy must be taken to the Garki police station which was not more than 100 meters away from them. It was at this point the security men arrived the spot and God helped them to arrest one of the three kidnappers.”