Five gunmen allegedly abducted two Covenant University Students in from their home in Abuja on Sunday. The students, Ejura and Onekwu Opaluwah, were taken hostage and carried away in the boot of a Blue Honda vehicle with license plate number: HR 152 ABC, Vanguard reports.
The girls’ uncle, Amadi Opaluwah, reportedly stated that the incident started as a robbery operation around 5 p.m on that day. According to his account, the gunmen stormed the Opaluwah’s residence and went straight to the girls’ father’s bedroom, and robbed him of his valuables. As they were fleeing, they grabbed the girls, and put them in the boot of their vehicle.
The abductors allegedly called the Opaluwah family demanding for a N200 million ransom, which they eventually reduced to N150 million. Amadi stated that the abduction was not politically motivated, as the father of the girls is a civil servant and not a politician.
“We are pleading with the abductors to release the girls, they are innocent. Also, I want my nieces to have faith, be calm and patient. By God’s grace, they will be home soon,” he said.