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Eight Months After, Kidnapped Edo Schoolgirls Remain In Captivity

The families of Faith Ojemire and Faith Esekgabona, female undergraduate students have cried out to security agencies in the country to help secure the release of their daughters from kidnappers.

Ms Ojemire, a student of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, was reportedly abducted in Edo State by some unknown gunmen on December 8, 2019.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that Ms Ojemire’s family paid the sum of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) to the abductors as ransom to secure the release of their daughter.

However, despite paying the huge sum, Ojemire’s family are yet to see their daughter 7 months after — as the kidnappers refused to release her.

The family have expressed worries over the wellbeing of Ms. Ojemire as there are still no trace of her whereabouts.

In a similar development, kidnappers are yet to release Ms. Faith Esekgabona, who was also abducted in Edo State to an unknown destination.

A student of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, CAMPUS GIST gathered that Ms Esekgabona was kidnapped in November 23, 2019.

She is also yet to regain freedom despite her family paying the sum of N360,000 ransom as demanded by the abductors — to secure her release.

As at the time of filing this report, her location remain unknown and has been a cause of worry for her distraught family members.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that some suspects were arrested early this year by the police in Edo state where the victims’ phones were recovered from them.

According to the Ojemires, the police tracked the phones to the boys while attempting to kidnap another victim at the University of Benin. The suspects have, however, refused to give any useful information.

The victims’ families, in a clip obtained by CAMPUS GIST, appealed to the police and managements of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi to intensify strong efforts towards rescuing the two female undergraduates unhurt.

Sources told CAMPUS GIST on Friday that officials of the National Association of Edo State Students (NAESS) are now planning a peaceful protest to demand for the release of their colleagues.

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