Suspect in ESUT's VC kidnap arrested


One of the suspected kidnappers of Professor Cyprian Onyeji, the Vice Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), has been arrested in Aba, Abia state in eastern Nigeria.

Mr Ezekiel Onyike, the Police Public Relations Officer, of the command, confirmed the arrest today, adding that the suspect has been transferred to the Enugu State Police Command, because the crime was committed under its jurisdiction .

He said that the suspect, from Ugwunagbo Local Government Area of Abia, had been declared wanted by the Enugu State Police Command over his involvement in kidnapping of prominent personalities, including the ESUT’s Vice Chancellor.

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A senior police officer from the Aba Area Police Command, under condition of anonymity, said that the suspect was arrested on a tip-off by a combined team of the Police Mobile Force and anti-robbery operatives, while trying to withdraw money in a bank at Port Harcourt Road, Aba.

The ESUT Vice Chancellor was abducted on 15 August and freed a week later.

He was kidnapped at about 11.30 a.m. at the university’s gate at Agbani, Nkanu Local Government Area of Enugu State on his way to work. (

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