She has Been Released- UNIZIK Security Chief Gives Fresh Update on Francisca Chioma

Francisca Chioma, a student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, regains freedom after ransom negotiation with abductors, says UNIZIK's Security Chief.

She has Been Released- UNIZIK Security Chief Gives Fresh Update on Francisca Chioma
Francisca Chioma

In a development that captured widespread attention, Francisca Chioma, a student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Anambra State, has been released from captivity after a five-day ordeal. The confirmation of her release comes from Ken Chukwurah, UNIZIK's Chief Security Officer, who disclosed that Chioma regained her freedom following a ransom payment to her abductors.

Chioma, a student of the Science Education Department, was abducted while en route to a burial ceremony near the Omasi community in Anambra State. Initially demanding a ransom of N10 million, the kidnappers eventually agreed to a reduced sum of N2 million after negotiations.

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Chukwurah revealed that Chioma and her friend, who were unintended victims of the abduction, were caught in the midst of the assailants' operation. The primary targets were an academic doctor and a family member, who were targeted for abduction while traveling to a condolence visit.

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Chioma's account of the incident highlights the terrifying experience she endured, including a forced trek through the bush to Nsukka in Enugu State. Prompt action from security agencies, aided by Chioma's cooperation, led to her eventual rescue.

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While the exact ransom amount remains undisclosed, Chioma's release underscores the urgency and determination of her family and friends to secure her freedom. Negotiations for the release of the primary targets, facing a daunting N20 million ransom, are ongoing.

This incident serves as a sobering reminder of the persistent threat of kidnapping in certain regions, emphasizing the need for enhanced security measures to protect lives and restore peace of mind.