the reason why this university student was kidnapped by friends

The victim’s sister, Mrs Judith Nze, recounts that efforts to persuade the suspects to take N300, 000 had been futile adding that the kidnappers were threatening to kill her (Justina) if the family did not withdraw the case from the police. She said: “She has finished her programme in the school and was just waiting for some clearance. I learnt that the place she stays is isolated. She was taken on Sunday and since then we have all lost our peace. I have stopped going to the office because I can’t concentrate. Initially, we thought it was a joke until the kidnappers contacted us and demanded N10m as ransom. They later reduced it to N5m. They have refused the N300, 000 we offered them, insisting that they would kill her if we don’t pay the money. They also said we must withdraw the case from the police as a condition for her release. My mother spoke with her this morning (Thursday) and she did not sound good. We are afraid they might harm her. We are just appealing to them to release her.” Confirming the kidnap case, a police source said that Anochie was kidnapped with the help of an ‘insider’, the female Unilag graduate.   (photo) He said: “It was an organized crime. Based on preliminary investigations, it appeared that her friends conspired against her. It was a set-up. We believe the kidnappers think that her parents are wealthy and they could make money from them. A female student of a school in Lagos has already been arrested.” However, investigations are still ongoing to ensure the safe release of Justina Anochie

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