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Students kidnapped in Abia

By Sam EYOBOKA, Onitsha
THREE female students of a Catholic Church university in Abia State have been kidnapped by unknown persons who are demanding a ransom of  N150 million.

The students of Veritas University, Obehie in Abia State were said to have been abducted from their Hospitallers Female Hostel located in the town and their whereabouts are yet to be established as at press time.

A statement signed by the President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, Archbishop Felix Alaba Job, said the girls were kidnapped at about 7.45 p.m. on Friday, May 28 in their hostel. He used the occasion to appeal to the federal and state governments to do more in their power to guarantee security of lives and property of the law-abiding citizens of our great nation.

He also appealed to the kidnappers to release the three innocent students unhurt and without any conditions.
“We therefore appeal to the kidnappers to release the three innocent students unhurt and without any conditions. We also use this medium to call on the Federal, state governments ans security agents to do more in their power to guarantee security of lives and property of law-abiding citizens of our great nation,” Most Rev Alaba Job said at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha.

The CBCN president was in Onitsha to attend the just concluded Catholic Year for Priests and declaration of Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi as patron of Nigerian priests.

According to him, four days after the adoption of the girls their whereabouts were still not known while the kidnappers are demanding the sum of N150 million as ransom from the university.

“We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria are saddened by the horrible incident,” he said, adding “while we condemn it outrightly, we pray for a change of heart by those involved.”


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