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I feel like committing suicide, says lady battered, raped by kidnappers in Enugu

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A social media user has revealed that she has started ideating suicidal thoughts after she was abducted, raped and watched the assailants kill other victims who couldn’t afford their ransom demands.

Narrating her traumatic experience, the tweep, @Blessedcindy0 claimed that she fell into the hands of kidnappers along with five other people on June 23, 2021, while travelling to Rivers State.

However, while texting her sister on the journey, she felt “something cold on my nose and dozed off” only to wake up tied to a chair with the other passengers in front of a man holding a gun.

According to the Twitter user, out of the six victims that were kidnapped, only four of them made it out alive as the other two were killed in her presence because they couldn’t meet the ransom demand.

She said, “When I woke up, the six of us were tied to a chair in a bungalow. I immediately knew I had been kidnapped. There was this guy sitting down with a gun looking at us without saying a word until one huge looking man came out of the bungalow and started telling us to pray. He first gave us a hot slap; after that, he told us that we had been kidnapped and that we should not be afraid that as soon as our relatives cooperated with them, nothing’s going to happen to us,” she added.

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“The name of one of us was Philip. When he asked him who to call to demand ransom, Philip said he doesn’t have anyone to call and that he is just a normal businessman trying to make ends meet.

“When they called my sister, they instructed her not to tell the police or army and that there’s nothing they can do (that was when I knew my own was finished); they told my sister that she’ll pay N3,000,000 or she won’t see me again.

“My father is not too strong, so my sister had to keep everything away from my father. Two people were killed right in front of me (Philip and one other girl) because they couldn’t meet up with their demands and the other three people were released after the payment of N2,000,000 ransom each.

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“They didn’t kill me because my sister was picking up calls even after a week and cooperating with them. My sister had to sell some things and borrow up to pay N2,000,000. Even at that, from the 26 June 2021, every night they beat me and I was raped by two of them.”

Following her release, the tweep who said she was traumatised by the experience and the execution of two of the victims added that she was dropped off at night at Four Corners Junction near Agbani in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State and was admitted to a hospital.

“I can’t take Philip and that girl they killed off my head. They killed and cut them into pieces. Where they kept us, I can still recognise how the place looks like. When they wanted to drop me after my sister paid, they met the police on their way and the police didn’t bother to look inside the car. They just let them through. Oh my goodness God! They also took everything I had left in my account, which was about N268,000. Nigeria has failed me. I sleep and wake up with this traumatic experience and feel like committing suicide,” she added.

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Efforts to speak to the victim and ascertain her condition were abortive, as she did not respond to a message, however, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, said he could only comment on the case after getting details of the kidnap.

“Where in Enugu did the incident happen? Let’s know the name of the person, where it happened and the date and time. It will help. When you get this information, please send it to me,” he told The PUNCH.

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