Abduction 15-yr-old abducted while going for UTME in Lagos

Another female student has been abducted on her way to write the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations conducted by JAMB.

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The young girl, Rita Clement and her JAMB exam printout

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Few weeks after three students of the  Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos State, were rescued from their kidnappers, another female student, Rita Clement, a 15-year-old, has been abducted by unknown men on her way to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in the Agidingbi area of the state.

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The incident, according to the distraught family of the girl, happened when she left her family home at Gboyega Kilo Street in the Ojodu Berger area, at about 5:30 am, to board a vehicle to her center for the exam which was scheduled to start at 6:30am.

It was learnt from Clement’s examination printout that the examination centre was the West African Examination Council, International office on Plot B, Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Lagos.

The teenager's aunt, Njideka Orazulike, reported that after waiting for her daughter to come back home, she got a text message at about 5pm, intimating her that she had been abducted and she did not know the location where she was taken to.

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The text message read:

'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.'

The matter was said to have been reported at the Ojodu Police Division and had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.

Clement’s uncle, Emeka Orazulike, said the teenager wrote that the abductors had seized her phone since morning and she only managed to write a text through someone’s assistance.

“Rita finished from a college on Aina Street in the Ojodu area. She just concluded her SSCE; we then enrolled her for the UTME. 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 the police there radioed other stations. When we called her phone, it rang on that Thursday but since Friday, it had been switched off.

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 UTME, 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,” Orazulike said.

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