By Ikeugonna Eleke
Famous Anambra State born native doctor, Mr Chidozie Nwangwu, who was kidnapped on Sunday, July 23, has recounted his experience in the hands of his abductors.
Nwangwu, popularly known as Akwa Okuko Tiwaraki, which means the egg that cracked palm kernel, was released early Saturday morning, July 29.
Speaking to his friends and well-wishers, the witch doctor said: ‘Let me tell you all what happened. While I was in the kidnappers den, I listened to the radio and noted how people were speaking all kinds of rubbish, so I decided to set the record straight.
‘What really happened was that I was there (at home) that day, at around 11:30 PM), when someone named Okey Japan called me and said they were at my hotel and that they were spending money, and had spent close to N300,000, and that they would have wanted me to be around.
‘I obliged them and drove to the hotel all by myself in my new car. No one came with me. I was there, and not up to 30 minutes, gunshots rent the air. People started running Helter-skelter. I now went out to see what was happening, and the people started shooting at me.
‘They killed two of my security men. I don’t want to reveal much now, but I know that two things can only save a man. If your charms don’t save you, your money will save you.
‘Anyone who has charms should have money. So the people took me into their car. If I wanted to run away, I would have run away, but I had seen those that were shot and I said if I leave, they will kill many people. A lot of people were lying down and if I wanted to leave, they would have killed many.
‘The story too would have been that the whole thing started when I came in, meaning that I was the one who brought in kidnappers. I decided to follow them to show that my hands are clean. What I did was to save many souls. If you think they took me because I ate people’s money, let me tell you I did not. If I eat your money, come to me; I will give you money because I have money.
‘People may be rejoicing that it happened to me, but let me tell you, if the death that killed the rich, encounters the poor, it will crush him.
‘This whole thing is related to this sit at home people, and they mentioned names of more people they will take, but it’s not something I can say now. They killed many in front of me. They killed up to 20 people before me. I did not take anyone’s money, they just came to kidnap and their target are people who have money. They wanted to kidnap as many as 50 people from my hotel that day, but I rather followed them,’ the witch doctor said.
Many had alleged that his kidnap had to do with many of his patrons who were disappointed that his money making ritual did not work for them, thereby seeking a way to get at him and get back their money.