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Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2020

Kidnapped College of Education Staff regain freedom

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From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Three members of Staff, College Of Education, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State Kidnapped alongside their wives last Saturday while returning from a wedding ceremony, have regained their freedom after five days in the den of their abductors and alleged payment of N30million ransom
They were said to have regained their freedom in the early hours of Wednesday after their relations had met the demands of the abductors.
It was gathered that the victims were Kidnapped between the boundary towns of Oligie and Agbor while returning from a wedding party held in Igbanke town in Edo State when the Kidnappers at gunpoint rounded them up and forced them into their vehicle before disappearing into unknown destination.
But the Police Commissioner in the State, Hafiz Muhammed Inuwah who Confirmed the freedom of the Victims to our Correspondent in Asaba, refused however to confirm if any ransom payment was made, disclosing that the Police will do everything possible to ensure those behind the kidnap of the Staff of College of Education Agbor are brought to book.
It was further gathered that the Kidnappers demanded for huge ransom earlier on Sunday morning before it was renegotiated downward and accepted before their relations made cash payment of alleged N30million to secure their release from the Kidnappers’ den where they were said to have been subjected to severe punishment without food apart from water and biscuits.
Meanwhile, the former Acting Provost of the College, Mrs Josephine Koyeme, it was gathered, escaped with her car riddled with bullets while others driving before her were all held up for ransom.
Some of the kidnapped victims who spoke to Journalists in the area on Condition of anonymity described as horrific their experience in the hands of the Kidnappers who stormed the road with various sophisticated weapons, shooting sporadically before taking them away in their car into an unknown destination.
They were alleged to be Fulani hersdmen with ruthless minds and armed with sophisticated weapons as the victims were severely punished in their attempt to escape before they were rounded up at gunpoint with no help on sight.
The police in Agbor Division have assured relations of the victims of their efforts with a view to bringing those responsible for the kidnap to arrest in no distant time, adding that efforts had been put in place to smoke out the leaders of the kidnap gang who they alleged has killed a number of their victims in the last few weeks of their dastardly operations across Ika Communities.

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