New shocking details have emerged on the 15-year-old school girl, Precious Nwaigwe, who was abducted in the Ajah area of Lagos state by kidnappers based in Niger Republic.
The Punch reports that the school girl, who was returning to school on May 24 last year in Ajah when she was kidnapped, has now been transported to Libya, according to police investigations.
It was revealed that the kidnappers had earlier demanded a ransom of $100,000 from her father who is a trader before deciding to take her to Libya when the girl's father could not produce the ransom. The kidnappers reportedly threatened to make Precious work for the ransom if it was not paid. When the parents made contact with the kidnappers, they were said to have been insulted for 'disturbing' them because the schoolgirl had been sold to a pimp in order to get the ransom money, saying they were merely doing business.
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The victim’s father was said to have expressed helplessness and frustration, saying the family had become bankrupt after spending money on attempts to rescue her without getting any result. The case was transferred from the Ajah Police Division to the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, before it was taken over by men of the Anti-Robbery Squad of the command in Ikeja.
A police source told our correspondent on Wednesday that latest findings by the police showed that Precious had been sold to some people in Libya. He said, “The girl is no more in the Niger Republic. She has been taken to Libya and the police have arrested one of those involved in the kidnap. The new suspect told us that the girl was no longer in his custody because she had been sold to some people suspected to be pimps in Libya.”
Shockingly, the police made the good discovery that a family member was involved in the kidnapping and had already been paid N250,000 for his role. The said family member has also been arrested and he was the one that confessed the girl is now in Libya. The victim’s mother, Blessing, in a telephone interview with The Punch on Wednesday said the family was aware that Precious had been sold to some people in Libya, adding that a new suspect had been arrested by the police. She said the latest suspect was a relative.
She said, “The person that has just been arrested is one of our relatives. He is my cousin’s child and is currently with SARS. When we got his contact sometime in September last year from the kidnappers, we did not know he was the one because they gave us a different name. So, his family and our family had a meeting and he was invited to the meeting to resolve the issue.
“It was during the meeting that the police arrested him. The suspect said the girl was no longer with him. He told the police investigators that after he was paid N250,000, he released the girl to another person who took her to Libya.The last time we spoke with Precious, she told us that she was now in Libya, “Blessing added.
She also said the kidnappers had called the family from more than 35 foreign numbers.