A 20-year-old student, Miss Chioma Rita Clement, was reportedly kidnapped by some unidentified persons on her way to sit for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Exams in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos state.
According to her guardian, Mrs. Orazulike Njideka, the victim with JAMB registration number 65061660GJ had lived with her since she was 5 years old at Gboyega Kilo Street in the Ojodu Berger area of the state.
Njideka said the girl left home as early as 6.30am on the day of the examination (March 10) for her centre at Agidingbi Secondary School – International office, on Plot B, Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, but had never returned afterward.
She also added that Chioma had hurriedly sent a distress text message to her that day which reads:
“I don’t know where I am now. Mummy please, save me.
“Mummy, they took my phone and beat me up inside the bus. Mummy, I don’t know where they took me to. They made me sleep and said they will kill me if I ran.
“Someone gave me my phone, saying I must return it before they came back. Mummy, please save me, please.”
Her guardian said that was the last contact she had with Chioma as her phone had been switched off since then and nobody had come up to give any information about her. She said the abductors had not in any way communicated the family.
“She has been with me for 15 years since she was five years old. Her mother is in Enugu, but I have been catering and training her in school here in Lagos,” she added.
“We want to reunite with her. I know God will do it.
“As for the abductors, I don’t know what they want from such a small girl. None of her friends had been able to see her since then too,” the trader stated.
Her uncle, Emeka Orazulike, who worked as a pharmacist, said it was through the text message that the family got to know that Chioma was not missing, but abducted.
He told The Punch, “Chioma finished from a college on Aina Street in the Ojodu area. She just concluded her SSCE; we then enrolled her for the JAMB. Her father lives in Enugu.
“The examinations board gave her that Thursday, by 6.30am, to sit for her exam. She was to sit at a centre in the Agidingbi area. On that day, as I was preparing for work around 6am, she met and told me that she was set to leave for the venue.
“I gave her N1, 000 when she told me the centre was at Agidingbi. She would use only N100 for transport. I then left for work. As I was coming back around 6.30pm, her mother called that she forwarded a message to my telephone. I then checked my phone and saw the scary message.
“I first went to the Area F Command, Ikeja, and was about making a statement when the Area Commander directed me to the Ojodu Police Division.
“We reported the matter on Friday at Ojodu and Ikeja Police Stations, and the police there radioed other stations,” Orazulike said, adding that when they called the girl’s phone, it rang out on Thursday and it was switched off by Friday.
“She did sit for that exam. The abductors might have whisked her away in the bus she boarded on that morning.
“She was used to going out. When she wrote her WAEC, her centre was at Giwa Oke Aro, Agbado. She went there with her friends.
“That was why when she mentioned that she was going to Agidingbi for the JAMB, I did not nurse any fear because it was just two bus stops from our area. If we knew that anything would happen, I would have taken her there myself,” the uncle added.
The state police spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, is however yet to respond to the report on the abduction.