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Gunmen demand N5m ransom to release final year student abducted in Plateau

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Gunmen demand N5m ransom to release abducted final year student in Plateau



The abductors of a final year student of the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Plateau State, Felix Gele who was kidnapped on Wednesday night, has demanded a ransom of N5m from his family.

Gele’s abduction was confirmed by the President of the Students’ Union Government, Mr Zuma Francis Fwanshiwa, on Friday.

The victim was in a provision shop he operates close to the institution when he was abducted and whisked away to an unknown destination.

Fwanshiwa said, “The FCE Pankshin students are presently not happy because one of our students, Felix Gele, popularly known as Flavour has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

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“The kidnapped student is in his 400 -level, final year, in the department of Psychology studying Guidance and Counselling.

“From what I gathered, he was in his shop in Pankshin with a relative when the Gunmen who pretended to be customers arrived the place around 8:pm on Wednesday.

“One of the gunmen who first arrived the shop actually bought bread from the shop and while he was still there, another of his gang member came and asked for another item. It was while the student was trying to attend to the second person that the third gang member brandishing a gun suddenly appeared at the shop and ordered him and his relative to lie down. After they collected all the money they made from the shop that day, the gunmen asked the student to follow them and since then, he has not been seen”

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A close friend of the kidnapped student who lamented the security situation in Pankshin said that the gunmen had made contact with the family and demanded N5 million ransom.

Spokesman for the State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba, when contacted promised to get back but was yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

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