Farmers in Amangwu Edda in Afikpo South local government area of Ebonyi State have rescued 2 female kidnapped students from their abductors.
It was gathered that the victims were kidnapped last Monday at Girls Secondary School, Uzuakoli in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Ebonyi state police command revealed that the rescue took place at 1100 hours the previous day at Ebounwana.
The command through the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Odah said “The victims were rushed to the hospital for medical attention because they were already sick. So, police mobilized to the bush unfortunately for us they could not get any of them.
“For now, police from Abia State Command have taken the girls to reunite them with their families” she noted.”
Although, a source who spoke under unanimity to DAILY POST said that the school girls were kidnapped and brought to a bushy farmland in Amangwu from where the abductors demanded a ransom of N300 million from their families.
The source said that the group of farmers popularly called ‘Air Force’ had gone to the farm to harvest palm fruits when they broke into the kidnappers hide out and upon sighting the farmers, they fled the scene.
He said: “On Monday this week, two girls were kidnapped in Girls Secondary School, Uzuakoli in Bende Local Government Area in Abia State. The kidnappers brought them to Amangwu Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and hid them in the bush.
“But Yesterday, a group of farmers popularly called Air Force who harvest ripe palm fruits went to harvest in that community and saw two girls who were blindfolded. Their hands and mouths were also tied.
“It turned out that the two girls were the ones kidnapped in Abia State. Their captors, on seeing the group of farmers, abandoned their victims and ran away. The farmers now rescued the girls and took them to the Divisional Police Station in Owutu Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area.
“Meanwhile, the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N300 million before they would release their captives. Their father, who is a priest, had agreed to pay the sum of N700,000 but the kidnappers later reduced it to N3 million during the negotiation”, the source stressed.