Popular human rights lawyer, Dr. Akpo Mudiaga Odje, has narrated how he was abducted and subsequently released by gunmen who whisked him from his office in Warri, Delta State, to an unknown location in the state.
He disclosed that upon his release by his abductors, he was given N5,000 for transportation to enable him get home.
Odje, who is also a fashionista lawyer, was reportedly whisked away from his office in Warri on Sunday at about 7pm and was later released 12:17am the following day (Monday).
The lawyer in a gratitude statement on Friday thanked and appreciated Nigerians prayed for his release while in captivity.
Narrating his ordeal, Odje said he was not manhandled by the gunmen during the unfortunate incident.
The lawyer, who was silent on whether ransom was paid to secure his release from the kidnappers, described his release as an act of God.
Odje added that he was surprised by the sudden change of mind by the gunmen to allow him to return home.
““I was not manhandled. My phone and Sim were returned to me. Some stuff we earlier bought from ShopRite, for the kids were also returned.
“Whilst on lying face down along the bush part, I begged to be given the books in the car booth. and they obliged.
“And with a sudden divinely ordered change of mood, the most fearsome one amongst them ‘miraculously’ handed me the sum of five thousand naira to find my way back home as the uncommanded commander of creation and creatures decreed for my life”, he narrated.
While commending friends and Nigerians for their prayers for his release, he said, “My dearly beloved bloodlines. I am terribly short of words to accentuate my deep gratitude for your spiritual outpouring by a galaxy of solid prayers for my safety and release from six hours of gruelling experience of abduction from my office by 7pm on Sunday 29th, April 2023 by three armed men.
“Indeed, your divine prayers worked as I was eventually released unscathed by 12.17am on that day into the forest of the Savannah.
The same Neguso Negast (Lord of the earth), moved me through this dangerous evil forest, by giving me remarkable strength to trek one and half kilometers on bare feet to the attention of a compassionate bike man, who eventually took me to ‘home sweet home’.”
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