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Abductors of 7 Abuja orphans demand N10 million in ransom

The kidnappers of seven children from Rachel’s Orphanage Home in Naharati in the Abaji Area Council of Abuja, FCT, have demanded N10 million in ransom.

The abductors are also asking for another N20 million ransom to be paid for the release of the security guard at the home and a couple, Momoh Jimoh and his wife, Khadijat Jimoh, abducted alongside another housewife, Rukaiyyat Salihu.

This comes as the operators of the orphanage are said to have relocated the remaining kids to a safer location for fear of another attack.

The kidnappers had reportedly made contact with the operators of the orphanage and the relatives of their victims.

The operators of the orphanage have appealed to the government and public-spirited individuals for help, saying they do not have the kind of money demanded as ransom.

It was gathered that the abductors made contact with the owners of the orphanage and relatives late Sunday evening and Monday morning, demanding the large sums.

There are reports that the management of the home complained of hard times, saying they find it difficult feeding and clothing the orphans. They were said to have told the kidnappers that they depend on the support of corporate organisations and NGOs to feed the orphans in their care.

FCT Police Command spokeswoman Maryam Yusuf said the police is making progress to rescue the victims alive and unhurt and appealed for calm.

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