SLPP strongman narrates ordeal
February 9, 2018 By Regina Pratt
Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) strongman, Dr. John A. Karimu, has confirmed to Concord Times that he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, whilst returning home, but was released on the next morning.
Speaking to this medium on Thursday, February 8, 2018, through a mobile phone conversation , Dr. Karimu said whilst he was returning home at around 11pm, he was stopped by three unidentified gunmen at the Milton Margai College road.
He narrated that the gunmen forced him to come out of his green Camry with registration No. AKX 759.
He said the car central lock was not activated and that one of the men opened the door and asked him out.
“One of them took the driving seat while the other threw me into the vehicle, sandwiched me and drove off to an unknown destination closed to Masiaka, along Freetown highway,” he narrated.
He narrated that the kidnappers demanded all what he had on him, but that they returned some money for him to pay back his way home, while they drove off with his car.
“They didn’t hurt me. They never took my phones away. Only my car was taken away. It was a mysterious release,” he said.
Asked as to why he did not put up any resistance, he said he didn’t want any confrontation with the kidnappers because he was in ‘great shock’, adding that he didn’t also wanted the abductors to notice that he wanted to know their identity.
Dr. Karimu said while they were going, he overheard one of them saying that they should ask for a ransom but the other disagreed on the grounds that the society would hunt them for his release.
The SLPP stalwart said when he returned to Freetown, he reported the matter to the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Richard Moigbeh, with the fear that his car would be used to cause havoc.