Almost a week after three friends were reported missing from a popular spot in Abuja, some people who claim to have them in their possession have contacted the family, demanding a ransom.
Veronica Otogo and Bisola Mohammed had gone to Coldstone creamery to make purchases for the celebration of Veronica's birthday, and didn't come home eventually. They were also joined by their friend Damilola Oribuyaku.
As missing reports of them were circulated with people searching for them even through social media, a friend to the family revealed some people claiming to be their abductors have contacted their families, demanding a ransom of $30,000 (about N15 million).
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According to Abuja Reporters, a source said:
“As they were about to get into their cars, a jeep blocked them. The rest was like a horror film. They were taken and driven off. The abductors are demanding $300,000. Oribuyaku is a hardworking man, who has built his businesses with clean money. He doesn’t have that kind of money.
Please, join us in praying for the safety of these young people in the hands of these criminals. May God let us find them alive and in one piece. One of our brothers was hit on the head with the b*tt of a gun in front of this same ice-cream parlour at Gwarimpa last year.
Criminals now target places frequently visited by middle class. Let us be security conscious as Nigeria is going through a very hard period.
A friend to the Oribuyaku's family, took to Facebook to say:
"Engineer Oribuyaku is a family friend. His son, Damilola, who just returned from schooling overseas, went to have ice-cream at Coldstone, Wuse II, Abuja on Friday with two of his female friends. As they were about to get into their cars, a jeep blocked them. The rest was like a horror film. They were taken and driven off. The abductors are demanding $30, 000."
Chai! Na wa o!