Update: Abducted corps members freed in Rivers after ransom payment

Seven members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) who were abducted in Rivers State have been freed from captivity after one week in the kidnapper’s den. The victims were kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Port Harcourt from the NYSC orientation camp in Ondo State. The incident happened along the Rumuji axis of the East-West Road, Emuoha Local Government Area of the state last week Tuesday. It was gathered that five corps members managed to escape when the gunmen intercepted the bus conveying them to Port Harcourt but the others were not so lucky. Speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, May 24, a man who claimed his sister-in-law was among those kidnapped said the remaining abducted seven corps members were freed at about 9 pm on Sunday evening May 21, around Choba in Obio/Akpor local government area after a ransom was paid. “They were released on Sunday evening around 9. I saw seven of them that were released, two girls and five boys. According to one of the parents that came there that day, they paid a ransom. They were in horrible condition. It was like they used mud in robbing them and if you see their body, maybe they were bitten by mosquitoes or sand-fly in the bush.They went to report themselves at the police station where it happened and they took their statement and tried to see if they could get their belongings.” Spokesperson of the command, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the release of the corps members to Channels TV but said she was not aware of any ransom. “I have just contacted the Rumuji Police Division. The corpers have been released. The command will make an official statement on that on Thursday.” she added.