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Abductors Of Passengers Returning From Burial Demand N20m Ransom

Suspected kidnappers of four mourners, who attended a burial in Nsukka, Enugu State, have demanded N5 million ransom for each of the victims.

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It was gathered that the kidnappers made their demand on Saturday and Sunday to the family of one of the victims, Ernest Ukwu, a trader in a market in the state capital, Enugu.

Ernest and the other victims, including a Catholic Reverend Sister, were kidnapped on Friday on the Nike-Ugwogo-Nsukka road, while they were returning from the burial of a friend.

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The PUNCH reports that a lawyer is said to be among the occupants of the car the mourners were travelling in, when the gunmen abducted them.

The victims, who travelled in a Sienna vehicle for the burial rites in Nsukka, were said to be returning to Enugu, when the gunmen accosted them and led them into the bush and left the vehicle behind.

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A relation of one of the victims confirmed on Tuesday, that the kidnappers called the family and demanded N5 million as ransom for their son’s release.

Also, Ernest’s wife, Ogechukwu, stated that her husband’s abductors are demanding N5 million for his release.

“On Friday, my husband went for a burial at Nsukka and on his way back, gunmen attacked his car and kidnapped him.

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“Today is the fifth day that my husband was kidnapped. The kidnappers called on Saturday and Sunday, asking us to bring N5m for his release, which we don’t have. We are begging them that we don’t have that kind of money.

“I am begging the government of Enugu State to help us and secure the freedom of my husband,” she appealed.

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The police command has not confirmed the incident.

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