25th November, 2015
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Exactly 42 days after being in the kidnappers den, a National Youth Corps member, three teachers and a security guard at the State Secondary School in Agban-Ndele in Ndele community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, have regained their freedom.
It was not clear at press time if ransom was paid and how much.
The Paramount ruler of Ndele community, Eze Godwin Iraowusi, confirmed the report Wednesday morning but gave no further details.
The corps member, three teachers and the guard were abducted on Monday, 12 October.
The kidnappers demanded a N50 million ransom which was slashed to N25 million and later reduced to N2.5 million for each each of the victims.
About a week ago, Iraowusi had revealed that the kidnappers had opened communication with the community through one of the chiefs and had reduced their demand to N12.5 million.
The Paramount ruler had insisted that Ndele is a poor community and cannot afford such a huge amount.
He pleaded for unconditional release of the victims who had suffered enough for a month for the sake of God and humanity.
Those kidnapped were Joseph Dimkpa, Martina Ofuru, and Charity Mbajike, all teachers; a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Obinna Duru, and a security guard, Jonathan Woforu.
Duru missed participating in the passing out parade held across the country about three weeks ago.