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Abuja landlord accuses tenant of abducting 16- year-old daughter

A landlord, Alex Osuji, has accused his
tenant, Cornelius Ubara, of abducting his daughter, Precious, in the
Kapwa, Federal Housing Estate, Lugbe, Abuja.

Alex told PUNCH Metro that he left 16-year-old Precious at home for a banking transaction on November 13, 2015 – the day of the incident.
He said when he returned home, his wife told him their daughter had gone missing.
Alex said they called Precious’ mobile
line, but it was switched off, adding that nobody could offer any clue
about her whereabouts.
He said their neighbour, Ubara, who was around when he left the house, denied seeing her that day.
He said, “However, around 8.20pm,
messages started coming from Precious’ line into my phone and that of my
wife. One of the messages read, ‘I am sorry daddy. I will miss you and
mummy. I cannot face this shame. I am pregnant for my friend. I am sorry
I have to travel out to avoid embarrassment, thank you’.”
“Another one sent to her friend, read,
‘My good friend; I just have to tell you this at the wrong time. Please
keep it to yourself. I am not a virgin as you thought. I am ashamed of
myself. The guy that is taking me for lesson impregnated me. He has
given me money to go and stay with his aunt somewhere.’ ”
The couple said they did not believe
that their daughter fled the house because of pregnancy as she had her
menses only two weeks to her disappearance.
The matter was later reported at a police station.
Alex said, “Initially, I had no suspect,
but the following day, which was Saturday, a neighbour, Ajia, told my
wife that Precious bought two bottles of soft drink from her the day she
went missing. She said one of them was for Ubara, my next-door
neighbour.
“When Ajia confronted Ubara, he could not deny it.”
Alex said the empty bottles of the soft
drinks bought by Precious were found in Ubara’s living room, adding
that his neighbour might know about his daughter’s whereabouts.
“If my daughter had left the house on
her own volition, she would have taken her clothes. She did not even
take her purse. It was only her phone that was not in the house,” he
added.
The police were said to have arrested
Ubara and Precious’ lesson teacher, Mr. Samuel Nnaji, as well as
Christian Eboh, the owner of a business centre where Precious worked.
They were all reportedly released after two days.
It was learnt that the matter was later
referred to the Federal Capital Territory Police Command Headquarters in
Garki, where a deputy commissioner of police reportedly said the text
messages sent from Precious’ phone to her parents were sent by her
captors to divert attention.
Before Precious got missing on November
13, 2015, she was scheduled to sit for English Language in the National
Examination Council’s Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination
the following day.
The police were said to have informed the family that she did not sit for the paper.
It was learnt that the Investigating
Police Officer at the command headquarters threatened to abandon the
case because she was not paid.
Alex said, “She asked me to give her
N30,000 for mobilisation or she would abandon the case. I could not give
that to her. However, I eventually had to part with N10,000 and she
said I still needed to give her N10,000 later. I also gave her N2,000
for case jacket.
“Two weeks after the incident, Ubara
started packing out of my house. I called the police to report that the
suspect was packing out. They said I should allow him to pack. I do not
know where he packed to.”
Attempts to speak with Ubara proved
abortive as his mobile phone was switched off. A text message sent to
the line was also not replied to.
Attempts to speak with Precious’ lesson teacher also proved abortive as the line could not be reached.
However, when our correspondent visited
Precious’ former employer, Eboh, 30, he confirmed that he was arrested
and later released on bail, but added that he had no hand in Precious’
disappearance.
When our correspondent called the
Public Relations Officer of the FCT Police Command Headquarters, Mr.
Anjuguri Manz, he said the case was under investigation.

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