According to reports, Mr. Donatus Dunu, managing director of Maydon Pharmaceuticals was kidnapped on February 14, 2017 and the abductors contacted his family and demanded a ransom of one million Euro (N500 million) for his release.
However, the family could not get the N500 million and eventually gave the kidnappers a sum of N150 million after a few months but they failed to release Mr Dunu who escaped form their net.
According to a police source,
“the victim said that a few days after he was abducted, he overheard the voice of pharmacist Emeka, who has been under his employ for long, discussing with his abductors in an adjoining room. He said he heard him asking members of the gang keeping watch over him whether they had contacted members of his family”.
“A few days before his escape, the victim said Emeka came and reassured them that he had signed all the documents for the release of goods worth about N7 million from his warehouse and also came the next Thursday to boldly question why they had not killed him as agreed.“He reportedly left after he was assured that they would carry out the killing by the following day, Friday”. At this stage, the victim said he gave up hope of freedom.
“However, by early hours of Friday, he was able to unchain himself while his captors were deeply asleep with their guns and escaped through the back door, landing at the next compound, where a security guard jumped at him and branded him a thief. He said that after narrating his story to the guard, he told him to wait but he did not see him again after waiting for a long time.”
After some explanations of the story surrounding his escape, Mr Duru was handed over to Igando police station.
Pharmanewsonline.com pulled a call to the wife of the victim, Mrs Lilian Dunu, she acknowledged that Egbulugha had worked for some years with the company, but that he seldom attended the morning prayers made for her husband’s release all through the time he was in kidnappers’ den, as the pharmacist often resumed late to work.
She admitted that her family paid a huge ransom in foreign currency but failed to mention the exact amount.
She was grateful to God for his mercies on her husband’s miraculous escape and the discharge of her son who had been hospitalised for about a week over an illness.
The visit of Pharmanewsonline.com to the pharmaceutical company at Ilupeju, Surulere, Lagos, yielded further revelations into the story, as some senior colleagues of Egbulugha opened up on how he has been unnecessarily generous to some ladies in the company.
His colleagues who spoke to us in confidence, said they had been doubting his sources of income for a while, as he was fond of doling out money to every Dick, Tom, and Harry, who cares to ask him for lunch, whereas they could not afford such charitable gestures, even with their salaries higher than his.
Since pharmacists are known to be men of honour, it was imperative for us to investigate the authenticity of Emeka’s claim of being a pharmacist.
When the Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Pharm. Elijah Mohammed was contacted for the verification of Emeka as a pharmacist, his answer was in the affirmative, but was disappointed at his alleged involvement in the present case of his boss.
“It is unfortunate he is allegedly involved in such act, but before now, we have never had any negative report about him”, he remarked