Kidnappers free Rivers Poly lecturer

By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

Kidnappers have released James Fenwi, a lecturer at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (Ken-Poly), Bori in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, after keeping him in captivity for six days.

Finwe was kidnapped by at his residence in Igwurutali, Ikwerri Local government Area.

Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in Ken-Poly, Prince Psudo Nwiyo, who spoke in Port Harcourt, said Finwe was released unconditionally on Saturday by his abductors.

Nwiyo said that the pressure on security agencies by the Rivers State Government and the union paid off.

He lauded Governor Nyesom Wike and Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan for their efforts in ensuring the release of the victim.

He said: “I had to put a lot of pressure on the police, especially the officer in charge of kidnapping who assured me that in no distant time he was going to be released and I was very happy to hear that my colleague has been released.

“I want to thank the Rivers State Government for the pressure that they put on the security agencies. And the Commissioner of Police, especially the O.C Kidnapping who kept to his words to ensure that his men work assiduously to ensure the release of Mr. James Finwe,” he stated.

He said though the kidnappers demanded an undisclosed amount of money as ransom, Finwe was later released unconditionally.

He also asked for protection for lecturers in the state saying the ransom demanded by the kidnappers was shocking.

He said: “The kind of money that kidnappers are looking for, I don’t think there is any lecturer that has such kind of money. We are civil servants.

“I want to advice those that are still in the business of kidnapping, that crime is no longer lucrative because the commissioner of police and the Governor of the State have vowed to fight criminality to a standstill.

“So, I want our brothers who are still in it should withdraw from such businesses because they will meet their doom in no distant time”.

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Source: The Nation

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