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Family Laments As Two Daughters Remain With Abductors For 12 Years Over N1million Ransom

November 9, 2021

They were abducted on farmland in Deeyor community, in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, in 2009.

The two abducted daughters of a retired Rivers State civil servant, Mr Rowland Monokpo, are still missing 12 years after.

It was learnt that they were abducted on farmland in Deeyor community, in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, in 2009.

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Monokpo, during a radio programme on Rhythm 93.7FM, Port Harcourt, on Monday noted that he believed they would return home someday.

According to the father, his daughters identified as Scholatica and Maryann, were preparing to start university education when they were kidnapped in 2009.

He noted that the abductors refused to release his children after he paid part of the ransom.

“I went to Akwa Ibom State to buy palm oil. So, when I returned, I didn’t see them at home. Suddenly, I received a phone call that my two daughters were carried away on the farm.

“I reported the matter to the police when they (his girls) spoke to me that their condition was critical and they (kidnappers) were threatening to kill them if I did not bring N1million.

“I was able to raise N200,000, which I dropped at Kpopie Junction and they picked it.

“Since that time, I have not seen my two daughters till today. But I am still hoping in God that one day I may see my two daughters.”

However, Monokpo urged the police to reopen investigation into the case and unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of his children.

He also called on the Rivers State Government, civil society organisations and the international community to join him in the search for the girls.

"I have been battling health challenges as a result of the incident, my daughters would have graduated from the university and done other things if they were not abducted," he stated.

Meanwhile, River State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said Monokpo should lodge a formal complaint to his office, saying he would look into the matter.

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