A former Minister of State for Education, Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo, who regained her freedom on Tuesday evening from her abductors, says she did not eat any food during her one -week ordeal.
Looking frail and tired, the former Senator narrated her ordeal at the Government House in Abeokuta where she was brought at 10:09pm by the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, to meet with Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
From Wednesday April 27 when she was abducted till her rescue by the police Anisulowo said she said she survived only on water.
The ex-lawmaker, who represented Ogun West Senatorial District in the Senate between 2003 and 2007, expressed her appreciation to God, the governor and security agencies.
She said, “I’ve been on water, I did not eat anything throughout.
“I’m short of words, but I want to thank the Governor and also thank God. I want to thank His Excellency (Amosun), for all the effort you have put in with the security agents.
“I know the courage you have and the spirit to fight to the end and that was what kept me in the bush, there. I have an assurance that with the security agents that you have, you will work it through. I thank God.”
Also on the ground to receive the rescued Senator were the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, and other top government functionaries.
On his part, Governor Amosun appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, for their intervention.
He also commended the security agencies in the state for working together and ensuring Anisulowo’s release.
He explained that by using modern technology to track suspects, sooner than later, kidnapping would become unattractive to criminals.
The governor said the kidnappers had before they were caught abused him, the Inspector-General of Police and demanded N200m ransom.
He, however, expressed happiness that no ransom was paid eventually, and Anisulowo was rescued unhurt.
He said, “I have always argued that our security agencies can work, unless they don’t want to. We need to give kudos to God and thank our security people. This indeed is a different experience for me; I see the extent to which our security agencies can go.
“I don’t want to sound immodest, but I want to thank Mr. President and the IG, the Army and the DSS. They created a war room and everybody was communicating every day. Like I said, I don’t want to sound immodest, but truly, the way they have resolved this is amazing.”