Bandits release a female corps member after obtaining N2 million, five phones, N100,000 in recharge cards, and a motorcycle.


Bandits have released a female corps member kidnapped on the Abuja-Kaduna route after her family met certain criteria for her release.

Faith Onoriode, a Biology/Microbiology graduate of Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe, Oghara, was kidnapped with others on March 21, 2022, on her route to orientation camp in Jigawa state.

Her brother, Mr Festus Onoriode, verified the news to Vanguard, saying she was freed on Sunday, May 29 and is now receiving medical attention.

In terms of the release, he stated that the kidnappers demanded a motorcycle, five Tecno phones, airtime, and two million naira.

According to Festus, the abductors provided them with specifications for the motorcycle and phone, as well as airtime worth 100,000 naira.

While thanking God that his sister was not raped, he stated that they travelled as far as Lagos state to obtain the bike because it was not available in Kaduna.

He added that delivering the motorbike to the kidnappers' camp was equally difficult, and that the kidnappers urged them to hire an escort to avoid the alert eyes of roughly 10 military checkpoints in Kaduna state's Southern Kaduna area, where they were directed to drop the bike.

"We paid two million naira, a hundred thousand naira recharge card that they divided into fifty thousand naira MTN and fifty thousand naira Airtel that we provided." They also requested a motorcycle and five phones. They described the motorcycle and phone in detail. "They said motorcycles are only sold in Lagos, not Kaduna," he explained.

"We bought the bike and five Tecno phones." When we told them we were ready with the bike, they suggested we arrange for an escort to carry it to a specific location. And the escort cost three hundred thousand naira. 

"The bike was delivered by escort. On the road, there are roughly ten army checkpoints. We had to wait for a while before they let my sister go. 

"It was God's will that she not be raped." It has to be God. While my sister was in the captivity of the kidnappers, we went around churches praying. Last Sunday, she was discharged between 6:30 and 7 p.m. It was the Lord's fault. People had paid money but had not seen their prisoner," 

"It was God who freed her. We are grateful to God for what He has done. She is being treated in a hospital in Kaduna. We also thank Kaduna security agencies for everything they done for us. It wasn't easy to raise the ransom. 

People helped us. "We thank God she was released," "I have no choice but to thank the kidnappers for freeing my sister." We are grateful to them for honouring their word when we hear what people pay up north to be released."


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