Crime Watch

Kidnappers release Nasarawa poly student after collecting N5k recharge card, beverages

An ND II student of Mustapha Isa Agwai Polytechnic, Nasarawa state, Taye Ajoke, who was kidnapped recently, has been released after her parents paid a ransom.

It was gathered that the kidnappers collected the sum of N300,000, beverages and N5,000 airtime from the victim’s family.

Ajoke, who is in the Science Laboratory Technology Department was abducted on Monday night when gunmen attacked Ombi 1, a residential area for students, which is two kilometers away from the polytechnic.

The heavily armed men shot indiscriminately for about an hour, leaving two other students and an admission seeker with bullet wounds. The gunshot victims were later rushed to a government hospital for treatment.

Those attacked by the bandits are an HND II student of Business Administration and Management, Freedom Luka; and a male seeking admission into the polytechnic, Danladi Nicholas.

According to Ekom Ayaka, President of the Students Union Government of the polytechnic, Ajoke’s kidnappers had earlier called to demand for N50m but later reduced the ransom to N500,000 when they noticed that her family and well-wishers could not pay such an amount.

He said; “We are grateful to God that Ajoke has been released by the bandits. She was released around 7pm on Wednesday after a ransom of N300,000 was paid.

“The kidnappers first wanted N50m but they later reduced the money to N500,000 when they understood that her family and friends will not be able to get such an amount.

“But after much appeal to them (kidnappers), they told her family to pay the sum of N300,000 that was in their possession. That was how she was released from captivity.

“The police actually followed up on the matter since that Monday night. I do not know exactly the roles they played to get her released but what I can say is that N300,000 was paid to the bandits and they were also given some tea items and recharge cards of N5,000″.