6th December, 2011
A driver, Mr Ovie Adolphus, on Sunday night escaped death at the hands of suspected ritualists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa StateÂ capital.
Adolphus, who was the driver to the immediate past Commissioner for Works and Transport in the state, Mr Emmanuel Frank-Opigo, narrated his ordeal to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, saying that God saved him.
According to him, trouble started soon after he boarded a taxi cab from the Opobo axis of the capital on his way home after the dayâ€™s job.
â€œI entered the taxi cab, which already had four occupants,Â three male and a female, and soon after, I lost consciousness. I only regained consciousness in an uncompleted building deep inside a forestâ€.
He added: â€œThe next thing I heard was a voice from somewhere in the uncompleted building, saying: â€˜Leave that boy alone; we donâ€™t need him hereâ€.
Adolphus said that to his surprise, he was released by his captors and had to trek a long way out of the forest to the Mbiama/Igbogene axis of the Mbiama-Yenagoa Expressway, where he flagged down a vehicle to take him home.
He thanked God for His mercies, and advised members of the public to be wary of the vehicles that they enter at any time, especially during this Yuletide.
He, however, said he had not reported his ordeal to the police as he was still in a state of shock and confusion.
The Police spokesman in the state, Mr Eguaeveon Emokpai, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said he was not aware of the incident.
However, Adolphusâ€™ former boss, Frank-Opigo, confirmed the incident to NAN via telephone on Monday and thanked God on his behalf.