Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Nigeria, ASLIN has urged sign language interpreters across the nation to be more security conscious.
This caution for extra vigilance is coming on the heels of the kidnapping, and subsequent release of one of its members, Mrs Martina Daramola and her daughter. The duo were recently released after a ransom sum of 2million was made to the abductors in Abuja.
ASLIN president, Timothy Tinat disclosed this in an interview with Inclusive News Network, INN. Tinat confirmed the release of Interpreter Daramola after she and her daughter were kidnapped on June 8, at about 1am.
Asked how the ransom was raised, the ASLIN President said funds were raised through crowdfunding. He further added that the victims are currently recovering from the traumatic experience, having been forced to trek into the mountains for almost nine hours with her daughter.
Tinat urged interpreters to be security conscious, adding that interpreters are now getting public attention and therefore being mistaken as persons of wealth and affluence.
“Yes, a ransom was paid after negotiations whittled down the initial 10million demand of the abductors to 2million.
“They are still recovering from the horrific and traumatic conditions inflicted by the kidnappers. Healing will surely take place but it will be a gradual process.
“We wish to call the attention of all Sign language interpreters to the need for security consciousness as we are now getting into the eyes of the public by the very nature of our job and constant public appearance.
“We also call on government to provide a better rewarding system for Sign language interpreters. One that clearly reflects to a shift from the old charity model to a more professional approach”.