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Unknown gunmen have kidnapped one Mrs Margaret, an All Progressives Congress(APC) women leader in Delta State.

Mrs Margaret was allegedly kidnapped on her way from a campaign rally at Orogun, Ugheli North Local Government area of the state.

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According to report, Margaret was in a vehicle belonging to the unnamed director-general of Omo-Agege’s campaign team with three other party stalwarts before the gunmen struck, Punch gathered.

Three other occupants of the vehicle escaped from the abductors, while Margaret who was unlucky to escape was whisked away to an unknown destination.

The victim is said to be a staunch supporter of the member representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the Senate, Mr Ovie Omo-Agege.

The abductors were said to have contacted a friend of the victim and demanded a ransom of N30m before she could be freed.

The friend simply identified as Commander, said he was contacted for the N30m ransom. Commander, an ex-naval officer, said he initially did not know that the women leader had been abducted until he called her telephone on Tuesday.

He stated, “When I called her number, a man picked the call and I asked him to give the phone to the owner.

“But the man identified himself as a kidnapper. He told me that he would give me two minutes to speak with the captive for me to know that she had been abducted. I was taken aback when I heard him say that. Anyway, I still called the line to speak with Margaret. She told me that it was true that she had been kidnapped.

“After the two minutes, they collected the phone from her and started negotiating with me. They told me to go and bring N30m to secure her release or they would kill her the next day, being Wednesday. I started begging them not to kill her and that they should allow me to contact her people to let them know of the development.”

Commander said the abductors still called him to find out how far he had gone to raise the ransom.

He noted that when the abductors called him again on Thursday, he begged them to spare her and that he was making frantic efforts to reach Margaret’s family and the party hierarchy in the state to handle the matter.