Precious Okoro was kidnapped last month after she boarded a bus at Ajah en route to her school in Ogun State. Her father who took to where she boarded the vehicle said he did not suspect that the occupants of the vehicle were kidnappers.
After the girl was discovered missing, the parents said they received calls from the kidnappers demanding for $100,000, and threatened to make her “work for the money” if her parents refused to pay.
Here is an excerpt from the story on Punch;
When the mother, Blessing, spoke with PUNCH Metro on the telephone on Tuesday, she said a woman, who spoke with her on the phone, claimed she had bought her daughter.
She lamented that the Nigerian police were not doing enough to get her daughter.
She said, “Before, the detectives promised to take us to the Commissioner of Police, but they did not, and later, they said they would take the case to court. We refused that because we know if the matter gets to court, my daughter may not be found again.
“The kidnappers are no longer asking for money. Sometime ago, I called my daughter and she said I should stop crying, that I should be praying for her. Since that day, the line has remained unreachable.
“Another line that we tried, a man picked the call and said it was all business. He started to abuse us and insult the family, before giving the phone to another woman, who said we can go ahead and do whatever we wanted to do because she was not the one that kidnapped her from Lagos and that she only bought her from the kidnappers.”
Blessing appealed to the authorities and Nigerians to assist the family in securing Precious’ release.
She claimed that some of the suspects in custody had links with the kidnappers and that they had been using their lawyers to threaten the police.
She said, “Some of the suspects were arrested in Imo State and they know the kidnappers. But nobody is doing anything about my daughter.”
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