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My child’s abductor was a new convert in our church – mother of kidnap victim


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The mother of a five-year-old girl who was abducted last Wednesday has said that the kidnap suspect, identified as Ahmed, was a new convert in their church.

Ahmed allegedly abducted five-year-old Peace in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Wednesday, and has demanded N1m ransom, the victim’s mother, Mrs. Williams Koyoye, has said.

Koyoye on Monday said that the suspect abducted Peace from their residence at Akemfa 1 last Wednesday.

She described Ahmed as a new Christian convert and member of her church.

She, however, appealed to the suspect to release her daughter unconditionally, saying that her family could not afford the ransom.

She also appealed to security operatives to intensify efforts to rescue the girl.

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Narrating the incident amidst tears, Koroye said that her daughter was abducted while in company with her siblings.

She said she had gone for a church programme on Wednesday evening but came back to discover that the little girl was missing.

She alleged that the suspect left the church programme for her house and allegedly tricked her children to gain access inside.

She said that he allegedly told the children that he was sent by their father to buy fuel, adding that he took the girl along with him.

Koroye said: “The man who did this is Ahmed. He hails from Sokoto and is our family friend, residing in our neighbourhood here at Akemfa 1.

“He is a new convert who embraced Christ and has been our acquaintance and member of our church, the children know him and believed him.

“When I came back and they told me that Ahmed took the girl, we immediately checked his house and discovered that he had left.

“He had earlier asked me to give him my phone so he could use it to take selfie.

“It was when it became clear that he had absconded with my baby that I realized that he deceived me in order to take my phone along with my baby.

“It was when my husband came back and said he did not send Ahmed on any errand that it became clear that he was up to a sinister plot.

He later called and asked for N1m. I am surprised because he knows that we cannot raise that money.

“So, we are praying for God to intervene so that Ahmed can release my daughter unconditionally.”

When contacted, SP Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa, said that the Command had commenced investigation and manhunt for the suspect.

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Butswat said that no arrest has so far been made.