Kidnappers of school principal’s wife demand N3m ransom

Posted by News Express | 2 July 2017 | 1,104 times

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The gang of kidnappers who abducted Mrs. Edith Moron, the wife of the Principal of Gbanrainowei Grammar School, Okolobiri, Bayelsa State, have demanded a ransom of N3 million to free her.

Mr. Moron Pereowei, who confirmed the kidnap of his wife, said that her abductors had established contact with the family.

The incident occurred about 2.03 am on Friday in their residence at Azikoro Village, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

A family source said that about 12 armed gunmen gained access into the house of the school principal after breaking in through a window.

It was learnt that after opening the window, the hoodlums pointed gun at Edith’s brother, whom they used to lure the principal and his wife to come out of the bedroom.

According to the source, who craved anonymity, when the Principal and his wife came out, their attackers shot at the house repeatedly to scare them and send signals that they were serious with the operation.

The kidnappers shot the Principal’s wife in the leg before whisking her away.

The family source said the 12-member gang divided themselves into two groups with two of them going inside for the operation, while 10 others mounted guards on the premises and outside the residence.

The source, who is a secondary school teacher, said the kidnappers allegedly ransacked the house, stole some money and other valuables before whisking away their victim to an unknown destination.

“The hoodlums came in early in the morning on Friday. They broke in through the window as they could not gain access to the rooms because of the security of the doors.

“They used his wife's brother to make them come out. At a gun point, they (husband and wife) opened their doors and gate and came out.

“The bullet fired at the house touched the wife on the leg. They took the wife and left the husband,”' he recounted.

On the demand for ransom, the source said: “The family of the victim has been discussing with them. The abductors said they should come with N3m. The family even talked to the Principal’s wife,”' he disclosed.

Sources at Azikoro Police Division, who confirmed the incident, said the victim was in her 40s and hails from Sampou in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.

Source: News Express

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