UNN students, others kidnapped in Enugu, abductors demand ransom

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Suspected herdsmen on Sunday kidnapped commuters including students of the University of Nigeria travelling to Nsukka along the Ugwuogo-Nike/Opi/Nsukka Road.

The students were returning to school following the suspension of eight months of industrial action by lecturers and the subsequent resumption of academic activities.
Reports have it that a ransom was requested, some said N30m, others said N300m. However, as at the time of this report The Easterner was yet to confirm the actual amount.

It is unclear how many people were kidnapped but sources said they were more than 10.

According to relation of one of the victims, the abductors contacted his family and demanded they collectively raise N300 million to secure the release of the abductees.

According to him, the kidnappers were seven in number and allegedly Fulani.

He said the abductors rejected the N500,000 offered as a ransom to secure the release of the students. They instead, asked them to start preparing for their burial if “we’ll even see their bodies to bury.”

“They are now threatening that they will kill all of them if the money is not complete.”

In the same vein, some commuters were killed a few metres from the military checkpoint along Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi-Nsukka Road on Sunday.

They were reportedly travelling in five vehicles when the gang attacked. Luckily, some narrowly escaped.

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