Kidnappers Get N1m, Free Varsity Don


The lecturer in the Ecological Department, University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria, Dr. Emmanuel Agbokhai who was kidnapped on Monday was released yesterday night after his captors had collected N1 million as ransom.

Public Relations Officer of Uniben, Mr. H. O. Osarenren confirmed to P.M.NEWS this morning that Dr. Agbokhai regained his freedom last night but he was silent on the ransom paid.

However, a source speaking under anonymity informed our correspondent that the captors agreed to free the university don only after they had collected the ransom.

With Agbokhai’s release, the Uniben Chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called off their strike action and normal academic activities have resumed on campus.

Contacted, a student union leader, Mr. Reginald Uzorhehu, who is the speaker of the Uniben students’ legislature, also confirmed that the don had been released.

Like the students union leader, other students who spoke with P.M.NEWS this morning also expressed their happiness that the don had regained his freedom.

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In a statement they issued yesterday, Uniben Chapter of ASUU enjoined the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to see to the security on campus in particular and the entire state in general in view of the rising cases of kidnapping in the state.

As at the time of filing this report, Dr. Agbokhai could not be reached as access to him was restricted to allow him have medical treatment in view of the traumatic experience he had passed through.

However, a visit to Western Boys College, Benin City this morning has revealed that there is no reprieve yet for the kidnapped female Physics teacher of the school.

Most people kept sealed lips about the latest development while the mood showed there had been no communication between her captors and the school or her family.

Dr. Agbokhai and the Physics teacher were kidnapped in Benin City on Monday at different locations and perhaps by different groups.

—Yomi Obaditan/      Benin City

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