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Kidnapped UNIZIK Student Released After Payment of Ransom


The abducted student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State,  Francisca Chioma Mbadigha, has regained her freedom five days after she was reportedly kidnapped in Anambra State.

The Chief Security Officer of the institution, Ken Chukwurah, confirmed her release on Thursday, April 11, adding that she was set free after the payment of an undisclosed amount of money to her captors on Wednesday, April 10.

Chioma, a student in the Department of Science Education in UNIZIK, was abducted while on her way to a burial ceremony in a village outside Awka, on Friday, April 5, 2024.

She was said to be on her way to attend a friend’s father’s burial ceremony around the Omasi community in the Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state.

According to Punch, the kidnappers made contact with her family, informing them that she was held hostage in their captivity, while also demanding N10m as ransom for her release. The ransom was later reduced to N2m.

It was gathered that Chioma’s friends and schoolmates also helped raise money to pay the ransom requested by her abductors.

Ken Chukwurah, who confirmed the release, said Chioma was abducted along with her friend at the Omasiunu area of the state.

He said, “Yes, she has been released. The debriefing we got from her was that she and her friend were not their targets; they were just unfortunate to be in the area when the kidnapping operation was taking place, and they fell into their hands.

“The kidnappers were targeting to abduct one academic doctor and a member of the same family they were going to pay a condolence visit to. They heard that the man was coming in a public transport, and they laid an ambush.

“She confirmed that the kidnappers later abducted the academic doctor, who was their target, and from their interactions, the assailants came from outside the state. She said the kidnappers made them trek long distances in the bush and crossed them to Nsukka in Enugu State.

“When the incident was happening, we were in communication with security agencies because we initially thought it was not true, but the security agencies sent us coordinates where they tracked them to somewhere in Enugu State.

“From the interactions with her, she said the family members and friends raised some amount of money, and eventually, the money was paid to the kidnappers, but we do not have the actual amount that was paid. They said the man who was their target was eventually asked to pay N20m, but negotiations were still ongoing between the man and the kidnappers before they were eventually released.”

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