‘Rep’s daugh­ter was not found with lover’

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Jaiyes­imi

Fam­ily mem­bers of Jes­sica Edion­wele, who was said to have faked her kid­nap, have in­sisted she was ac­tu­ally kid­napped by un­known per­sons. Jes­sica, daugh­ter to Rep Joseph Edion­wele rep­re­sent­ing Esan Fed­eral Con­stituency of Edo State, was de­clared miss­ing by the FCT po­lice com­mand last week, and online media were awash with re­ports that she was later found with her lover in Lugbe.

But Bar­ris­ter Lucky Eseigbe, who spoke on be­half of the fam­ily, said con­trary to the media re­ports, Jes­sica was ac­tu­ally kid­napped by un­known per­sons. Eseigbe said the online re­ports are fake and in­tended to em­bar­rass his boss, while stat­ing that Miss Edion­wele last com­mu­ni­cated with mem­bers of her fam­ily via phone when she was about board­ing an Abuja flight from La­gos air­port on Oc­to­ber 7th and when she could not get to her fa­ther’s res­i­dence in Area1, the fam­ily re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice.

“Po­lice in­ten­si­fied ef­forts and got in­for­ma­tion that she was be­ing held against her wish in Lugbe and the per­son who kid­napped her also con­tacted Rep Edion­wele, who in turn in­formed the FCT po­lice.

“Jes­sica was res­cued from her ab­duc­tor but never in her lover’s house as online re­ports spec­u­lated. Her fiancée is out of the coun­try as at when this in­ci­dent hap­pened. No ran­som was paid but for the early in­ter­ven­tion of the po­lice, she was not harmed,” he said.

City News gath­ered from a po­lice source that Jes­sica al­legedly ar­rived Abuja air­port from La­gos last Wed­nes­day and de­cided to stay with her boyfriend in Lugbe. “She planned with her boyfriend to ex­tort money from her fa­ther as she per­ceived her fa­ther as very stingy. The FCT po­lice got wind of her hide­out when some­body saw her in a su­per­mar­ket in the neigh­bour­hood based on her pic­tures that were cir­cu­lated online, and im­me­di­ately alerted the po­lice, and both of them were seen and ar­rested in Lugbe,” the source said.

The Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer Lugbe, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ekho Oyamwenda, said he was aware of the case and how the lady was res­cued but that he can­not com­ment on it. When con­tacted on phone, the FCT spokesper­son, An­juguri Manza, said he has not been briefed on how she was res­cued.

Photo: Seun Adeuyi

Abuja En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Board (AEPB) men evac­u­ate refuse in Utako re­cently.

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