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Monday, 24 December 2012

Kidnappers called us ‘bad market’ - Koreans

Culled from Punch
The four Koreans (pictured above) and a Nigerian kidnapped in Bayelsa State by eight gunmen said on Saturday that their assailants fed them with noodles, tea and banana while in captivity.
The victims, who were released on Friday night after spending five days in the kidnappers’ den located in a mangrove, said the captors set them free after branding them “bad market.”
Jong Ken, Hi Kim, Doo Lee, Joon Chae and a Nigerian, Austin Giwa, who are employees of the Hyundai Fabrication Company at Okpoama, Brass Local Government Area, were whisked away by gunmen who raided the firm on December 17.

“They told us that we were bad market and allowed us to go,” Giwa told PUNCH Metro.
Giwa, who spoke with our correspondent at the headquarters of the state police command in Yenagoa, said the bandits had demanded N200m ransom from the company’s management in Lagos.
But Giwa said the company was reluctant to negotiate with the kidnappers as it continually told them that the state government was handling the matter.
He said the gunmen shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping them on the fateful day.
He added that the company’s speedboat operator employed within the community was also kidnapped but was released by the gunmen 30 minutes after the incident.
Giwa, who said the gunmen tortured them before whisking them away, added that the bandits moved them to different locations in the mangrove.
He said they were handed over to different groups of people who watched over them till the day they were set free.
Narrating how they were abducted, he said, “On December 17 by 3pm, I saw seven gunmen. They came to our site. I was in the office when I heard gunshots.
When l came out I saw my officers, four Koreans held by the neck. When they saw me, they also held me and dragged me by the neck.
“They also held one of our speedboats operators. They used their guns to hit us and order us to enter the boat. They asked us to keep our eyes down. After about 30 minutes’ sailing, they dropped the speedboat operator.
“They took us to the mangrove and handed us over to some men to guard us. They went back to their speedboat. At about 7pm, they came back and took us to another place after sailing for one hour. They kept us there till the day we were released.”
On the day they regained their freedom, Giwa said there was a mild drama among the kidnappers which suggested that they had a disagreement.
He said, “On that day, they came and pointed the gun at my head and asked me why my company didn’t want to give them the money.
“It is like our manager was explaining to them that the government was taking care of the matter and that there was no way he could release money to them. That was when they concluded that ‘this one is a bad market’. We were there till about 4pm.
“They sailed away and later came back. Their leader called commander ordered that we should be put in the boat. We didn’t know where we were going until we got to the waterside. They showed us a track and said we should follow it.”
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Kingsley Omire, said the police found the victims at Azikoro Village in Yenagoa.
Omire said, “From the brief that I have, there was a disagreement among the kidnappers who decided to release their victims.
“They brought them to Azikoro Village and I directed Operation Doo-Akpor to go and pick them up. They were not released by any security agency.”
Omire said two persons had been arrested in connection with the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.
He said the police held a meeting with the management of the company and resolved to provide security for the firm and residence of the expatriates.
He said the company acknowledged that its inability to provide security for the workers was one of the managerial lapses that led to the kidnapping.


  • At 24 December 2012 at 15:59 , Blogger PRINCE CHARMING said...

    LMFAO!! Bad market indeed! Good for them then, at least that was beneficial to them.

  • At 24 December 2012 at 15:59 , Blogger Yomslaw said...

    That's cool!

  • At 24 December 2012 at 16:19 , Anonymous Hrm paul Ojeih said...

    O boy Linda i no fit laff so our kidnappers no c who dey go kidnap na Koreans way stingy poor things dem no no say Koreans dey like Lebanese shi shi dem no dey drop dem be real bad market the ones way kidnap nkiru Silvanus and ngonzi okojoniwela mama go smile this Christmas bcos na good market dem jam

  • At 24 December 2012 at 16:20 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Am glad the were dropped off safe
    but lol @ Bad market....
    these kidnappers need to find legal paying jobs and 9ga government provide jobs please so our citizens can be safe....

  • At 24 December 2012 at 16:25 , Blogger BONARIO NNAGS said...

    looolz why won't dey tag dem bad market,when there were pressures from all quaters to av dem released.
    Compliments of d season lovely LIBers.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

  • At 24 December 2012 at 16:52 , Anonymous nasa said...

    Lol @bad market

  • At 24 December 2012 at 17:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Imported bad market,u better return to Korea b4 u become exported dead meat.

  • At 24 December 2012 at 17:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Everytime these yeye policemen r always sayin "2 persons have been arrested in connection wit d incident" yet we don't hear or see anythin abt these beasts

  • At 24 December 2012 at 18:05 , Anonymous lizzy said...

    Lol!!! Chei what in GOD's name do they mean bby bad market? Na fish abi garri them be? Oh so very funny.

  • At 24 December 2012 at 18:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is becoming disgraceful for the. Country. If that is all the country is known for, no foreign company would want to risk coming to invest there and Lord knows, the country needs all the direct foreign investment it can get for job and growth of the economy. People in that country need to awaken from their slumber and start to participate more...look at what is happening in the Middle-East!!

  • At 24 December 2012 at 18:32 , Anonymous Queen Bee said...

    Lmao@bad market!
    D kidnappers sef no see better oyinbo to kidnap na dese ones!
    Btw It seem if u are kidnapped after five days,u will be released whether money given or not!.. Dats good....dey are nyc guys!

  • At 24 December 2012 at 19:26 , Blogger freeangel said...

    Lolz @ bad market

  • At 24 December 2012 at 19:44 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Well I ve got news for u wicked kidnappers- dealing in human commodities of any creed and color is bad market. Unu wepu aka enwe n'ofe........ng owerri

  • At 24 December 2012 at 20:04 , Anonymous SomebodySpecial said...

    May you be bad market in the eyes of kidnappers.

  • At 24 December 2012 at 21:08 , Anonymous Sue said...

    bad market truly...abeg go back to ur country....naija sef!!!!!!! we have more qualified pros than these clowns....come and check their racism to naija peeps abroad, my frend!go back to ur country!!!!baaaad market

  • At 24 December 2012 at 21:13 , Blogger gloria sharon said...

    Amen ooh!

  • At 24 December 2012 at 21:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Linda, na wa for your English sha. The kidnappers could not have been assailants and the Koreans came out unscathed?! Please know that learned people too are reading!

  • At 24 December 2012 at 22:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pressures? Na wa o. U don com again wit dis ur shooting of english bullets ba? D oda tym u said 'missed feeling' plus plenty oda bullets u always shoot here dat I can't remember,abeg go bak to primary 4 n learn beta english.

  • At 25 December 2012 at 02:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @Anon 10:18pm,this is no English language class!You should also realize English is a borrowed language and not our mother tongue.If you're as sound as you want us to believe,put an identity to your voice.You faceless coward! Bonario rocks anytime! ~unbiased anonymous

  • At 25 December 2012 at 03:30 , Anonymous miss ravishing said...

    Na mumu na,u no see him face. Wetin him sabi#laughing ma butts out*

  • At 25 December 2012 at 06:46 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Bad market indeed


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