A Cameroonian woman Martha Eyogo, who was abducted in 1990 under a spell in Calabar where she had gone to sit for JAMB when she was 16, has reunited with her father.
The reunion was made possible by Benue State Police Command, after she was moved from Lagos State to Otukpo LGA of Benue state, where she spent most of her adult life under threats, isolation and forced relationship that produced two children as a result of random rape by the suspect.
The Cameroonian woman who recounted her ordeal during her years of captivity, said a 78-year-old man identified as Ali Omonya Ameh, sprayed her with a white substance making her to do anything he instructed.
The suspect who reportedly defrauded this victim of the sum of N400 then and whisked her to an unknown destination, ran out of luck after he dragged a certain individual to court on account of his closeness to his ‘wife’ (the Cameroonian woman).
“He asked what I wanted to do with the N20 in my hand and I said I wanted to buy food, he collected the money and bought food for me, then he poured a substance like powder in a handkerchief which he sprayed in my direction and ordered me to follow him. And that was how I did whatever he said. I followed him to wherever he wanted, he took me to Lagos, I had to ask someone when he was not watching where I was and I was told it was Lagos. I begged him to take me back to my parents in Cameroon, he agreed and the next day I found myself somewhere I did not know and when I inquired someone told me I was in Agila in Benue State.
“Whenever he realizes that I’m in my senses and asked questions, he would repeat the handkerchief spray on my face, then I will begin to do exactly what he wanted. He forcefully slept with me most nights and he prevented everybody in the village from talking to me. It was when I got pregnant that he brought me to Otukpo,” the Cameroonian woman narrated.
Daily Times reported that Martha, now 44, said the man threatened to kill her severally if she divulged any information to anybody, adding that with time, she began to sell firewood to support her domestic needs until recently when she tricked him that she was going to the market but instead went for prayers at a church in Otukpo. She said the pastor at the church revealed everything about her life to her to the extent of addressing her by her real name which no one there knew, adding that it was there she met a footballer who often go to Cameroon and helped to traced her family.
According to her, one of her daughters has already graduated from the university while the other one is currently a student of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi. The elated woman who was all over her father at the police premises in Makurdi, said she could no longer speak her native Cameroonian language but now speaks Idoma fluently after being in captivity for 28 years.
The victim’s father, Eyong Michael, 76, who said he worked as a senior staff of the Ministry of Transport in Cameroon, resorted to prayers after his daughter failed to come back after the exams in 1990. He came to Nigeria severally to look for her but to no avail.
“I’m a very happy man today. I thank God for reuniting me with my daughter. All I want now is for justice to take its course; the abductor should not be granted bail. I plead with the Nigerian government to ensure he faces the consequences of his action. As for my grand children, I’m prepared to take them back to Cameroon,” Eyong concluded.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the alleged abductor before newsmen at the police headquarters in Makurdi, said the man would be charged to court for kidnapping and rape of a female victim.
“The victim, a Cameroonian, came to Nigeria in 1990 to write WAEC. While with her friends, she came across an elderly man who bought food for her and hypnotised her. She had given him children in the process. Her father had been looking for his daughter for the past 28 years. The abductor kept her in a way that no one could reach her,” Owoseni said.