Suspected cultists who kidnapped Patience Emmanuel; a 20-year-old student in the Bauchi state told her family that they did not need money, but the virginity of the victim.
The victim’s parents were desperate about her abduction, which took place four days ago.
The family said that Emmanuel, a level 100 pharmacology student at Bauchi State University in Gadau, left the house on Wednesday afternoon and her whereabouts have remained unknown since then.
The victim’s father, Emmanuel Kushi, a retired civil servant, told journalists on Saturday that his daughter was kidnapped on her way home after visiting his younger brother.
He said: “On Wednesday 24 June, around 2 pm, she left my younger brother’s house in Rafin Zurfi and told him that she was coming to my house in Kafin Tafawa (about four kilometres away) to choose something and he gave her permission to come.
“In the evening, my younger brother’s wife kept calling her mobile phone to see if she had arrived, but there was no answer. They thought she was already in my house, working.
“Later they tried again, but the number was disconnected. The next day (Thursday) around 1 p.m. my younger brother’s wife called me and asked why I had stopped Patience and not let her come back. She asked if there was any problem.
“I told her that I hadn’t seen Patience because she hadn’t come to my house. She was shocked at what I had told her and said she would call her friend to confirm.
He further explained that his brother’s wife told him that when she called Patience’s girlfriend, he told her that he had also tried to call her on Wednesday, but her phone rang.
The father added: “So he sent her a text message on her cell phone. Then there was an answer. The answer was: “Do you think you will ever see her again? Fool.'”
Kushi said he had come back from the farm and had also seen a text message in his phone that the kidnappers had sent using his daughter’s number.
The text message, which was forwarded to our correspondent, read: “Father, your daughter is with us (BLACK AXIS CONFRETANCE (sic)). We do not need your money, what we need is her virginity. Don’t bother looking for her.”
He said he received another text from the kidnappers on Saturday morning telling him that she was dead.
This morning, at exactly 10:25, they sent another text message saying, “She’s dead.” We tried calling them, but their number was disconnected. One thing I do know is that my daughter is not dead. I believe that she will come back alive.”
He said the family reported the matter to Yelwa Division police headquarters.
Kushi explained that while awaiting the outcome of the police investigation, the family resorted to prayers to ask God to intervene He described his daughter as a well-behaved and obedient daughter “who always jokes with me”.
The abducted lady’s mother, Mary, said she had been living in fear since Thursday when she learned of the news.
She said, “I have not had an easy time since I received the news that she is missing. I received the news on Thursday afternoon. I have left everything to God. You should give us my daughter’s body so that I can see her.
State police spokesman DSP Ahmed Wakil confirmed the incident and added that the police are investigating the matter.