According to a report by The PUNCH, about four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were kidnapped over the weekend, have regained their freedom.
Reports indicate that the students were returning from the Ahoada area of Rivers State before their abductors struck.
It was also gathered that the victims had escaped from the kidnappers, on Wednesday morning, when a team of security operatives invaded the hideout with heavy firepower and engaged the kidnappers.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Sam Kpenu, while confirming the release of the four victims, said the students have since reunited with their families.
Kpenu noted that the students had, as part of their academic exercise, gone to the Orashi area (Ahoada) to conduct vegetation sampling for their final year projects but were apprehended and whisked away while returning to the school.
He said, “Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families.
“Gbaa Nenubari, Asumbo Elizabeth, Eze Chimezie, and Onosigho Augustine were abducted on their way from the Orashi River where they had gone for a vegetation sampling for their final year project and postgraduate research work.”
Kpenu hinted that while the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Owunari Georgewill, received the four students in his office, he (the VC) commended the men of the Nigerian Police Force, the Chief Security Officer of the University and his men and the entire security agencies of Rivers and Bayelsa states for their timely and prompt intervention which led to the freedom of the students.
The spokesman quoted the VC as saying, “We are happy that you are back unhurt and now reunited with your family and friends. We sympathise with you for what you went through at the hands of your abductors. We are glad to inform the public that two PhD students and two undergraduates, who were kidnapped, have regained their freedom.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor urged all staff and students to be security conscious at all times, reiterating the resolve of his administration to always put at the front burner the safety and well-being of all students of the institution.
2023: You Are The One To Decide Because I’ve Come With Not Just Naira But Also Dollars, Pounds And Euros For You – Governorship Aspirant, Senator Adeleke Tells Voters
Osun State governorship hopeful, Senator Ademola Adeleke, during his campaign told the crowd that he has come with lots of money to give to voters so they can elect him in the forthcoming elections.
The Senator who represented the Osun-west senatorial district between 2017 and 2019, is contesting for the governorship position under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking during a campaign, Adeleke told voters that he arrived with money for them.
“If it’s about money, I have come with money,” Senator Adeleke says in Yoruba while patting his pocket.
He tells them he isn’t there with only Naira but also with Dollars, Pounds and Euros.
“Fire for fire,” he adds as his audience hail him.
Primaries: Politicians Buy Up Fuel, Hotels Booked Out For Delegates
Many Abuja hotels have also been fully booked on Saturday, including smaller hotels on the outskirts. THISDAY checks showed that some presidential hopefuls paid for fuel in most petrol stations.
A source told THISDAY that one top politician paid for fuel in eight filling stations for the benefit of his delegates.
“You are seeing long queues everywhere because the politicians involved have purchased fuel in most of the petrol stations,” stated the source. “One popular politician paid for petroleum products in eight filling stations while others are also competing to buy up fuel in other stations to enable the movement of their delegates.”
The source also mentioned that political parties had secured accommodation in various hotels in Abuja for delegates.
“All the hotels in Abuja are fully booked. My boss sent me to secure a hotel which we were initially told was available, but when I got there, we were told another group beat us to it,” revealed the source. “Even in Gwagwalada and other hotels in the outskirts, it is the same thing. They are all booked.”
Another source said, “The same politicians buying up petroleum products as we were told even booked hotel accommodation two weeks ago.”
During political party primaries, most parts of Abuja are flooded with party delegates and their teeming supporters. Some delegates sleep inside party support vehicles and sometimes on the streets.