By Tony Edike
ENUGU â€” SIX suspected kidnappers, who allegedly abducted a third-year medical student of the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, UNEC, Miss Ifeoma Azubuike from New Haven area of Enugu last Friday, were yesterday arrested by the Police.
The 20-year-old medical student and daughter of a Lagos-based popular banker, was kidnapped along a street in New Haven, Enugu, where she had gone to visit her grandmother and was taken to Oruku village in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.
Narrating her ordeal to Vanguard at Emene Police Station, shortly after she was rescued yesterday, Ifeoma said that she was abducted by three men in a Coal City taxi,Â who immediately blindfolded her and drove her to a village, where she was kept for five days, adding that while in their hostage, five members of the gang made contacts with her parents in Lagos on phone, demanding a ransom of N100 million.
Ifeoma, a native of Nnewi in Anambra State, who gave a brief account of how she was kidnapped on the fateful day, said, â€œthe kidnappers said they were sent by someone who my father supposedly owed some money. They said my father was owing the man N67 million and that they were demanding N100 million. All of a sudden they reduced it to N20 million and later came down to N5 million.
â€œBut from what they told me, all my father could offer was N500,000. I do not know how true it was, whether my father was owing anyone money or not. I think they just wanted my father to suffer.
â€œI was kept in the house with my eyes tied for five days (Friday to Wednesday). They were always smoking and drinking and their Oga said that they should not touch me in anyway and they actually didnâ€™t touch me throughout.
â€œAt night, they will bring water for me to bath in their presence, and if I wanted to go to toilet,Â I had to do it in a bucket with one or two of them standing beside me.
â€œI couldnâ€™t identify any of them because I was always blindfolded. I could hear five different voices around me throughout the period they held me. The policemen came in today (yesterday) and rescued me.â€
Ifeoma, who was visibly shaking while speaking with Vanguard, said her father fell sick immediately he heard that she had been kidnapped and has been on admission in a hospital since last Friday, adding that she has been praying for God to deliver her and for the quick recovery of her father.
Nkanu East coucil boss in rescue mission
It was learnt that the Chairman of Nkanu East Local Government Area, Mr. Ejike Ani, facilitated the rescue of the lady when he alerted mobile policemen on peace-keeping mission at the crisis-torn communities of Oruku and Umuode on the suspicious moverment ofÂ some youths in the area.
Some patriotic residents of Oruku had contacted the council boss,Â informing him of the unusual movements within the palace of the traditional ruler of the community (names withheld), who is being detained in Enugu Prison along with 13 others on orders of the court, following the recent communal conflict with their Umuode neighbours, which claimed one life.