Rivers State : 7 Kidnapped Corps members freed after ransom payment

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Seven members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) who were kidnapped in Rivers State have regained their freedom after one week in captivity.

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The victims were kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Port Harcourt from the NYSC orientation camp in Ondo State.

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The incident happened along the Rumuji axis of the East-West Road, Emuoha Local Government Area of the state last week Tuesday. 

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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. 

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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.

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“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.

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 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.”

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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.

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“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. 

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