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Enugu man pays N1.6m ransom as wife gives birth in kidnappers’ den

A pregnant woman kidnapped on Monday on her way to the hospital for childbirth at Egede, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State has reportedly delivered a baby at her kidnappers’ den.

The woman, identified as Chinwendu Igwe, gave birth to a male child on Tuesday.

It was gathered that she was with her two other kids aged between four and two years when the incident happened.

The lady’s husband, Mr. Ekene Igwe, told our correspondent that he paid a ransom of N1.6 million before his wife and the newborn were set free.

He said the kidnappers had asked him to deposit the ransom money in a bush at Egede.

Igwe said that it was a kind motorcyclist that rescued his two kids abandoned on the road by the heartless kidnappers.

“I paid a ransom of N1.6m before I could get my wife and newborn baby,” he said.

Igwe, who hailed from Attakwu Akegbe Ugwu Awkunanaw, said he was grateful to God for getting his wife back in one piece.

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Commenting on the incident, the landlord of the Igwes at No. 5, Umugwu, Awkunanaw, Enugu South, Chief Emma Ugwu, Enyiduru, said the rescued woman is now at a hospital in Enugu, where the governor is taking care of their welfare.

“We thank God for sparing the life of my tenant’s wife. I am especially grateful to God that Governor Mbah has intervened and is taking care of he woman and her kid at the hospital,” he said.

Ugwu, the chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu South, however, expressed shock that he had never witnessed such incident happen to a person close to him.

“I remain eternally grateful that God spared us what would have been a tragedy. Such a thing has never happened to someone close to me,” he said.

Meanwhile, efforts to get police reaction on the unfortunate incident were unsuccessful as the Command’s spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe, did not take his calls or respond to text message as at the time of filing this report.

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