Unknown hoodlums, Monday kidnapped Prof John Okoli, a senior lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Uniport, Choba,
Though the circumstances that led to his kidnap were still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, Nigerian Pilot gathered that the university Don was kidnapped on his way home after close of work.
Okoli, who is the Director of the Offshore Technology Institution at the University as well as a lecturer at the faculty of Engineering, was kidnapped Monday night.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Dr. Williams Wodi, who confirmed the incident, expressed worry that no contact has been established between the family of the victim or the school management with the abductors.
He stated that lecturers are now living in fear of who becomes the next victim as kidnap incidents in the institution was becoming turn by turn.
While pleading with the abductors to release Okoli unconditionally, Dr. Wodi also called on security agencies to step up operations around the institutions in order to stop the trend.
Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the incident, but said circumstances of the kidnap was still sketchy.
Meanwhile, the Rogers State Police Command arrested no fewer than eight kidnap and robbery suspects, including a notorious car thief and sea pirates in the month of August, this year.
A statement from the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, indicated that the hoodlums were arrested at Ubima, Banana, K-Dere and Alumina communities. According to the statement, four different kidnap victims, including a reverend father and a two year old boy were rescued during the operations, while some arms were recovered.
The statement read in part: “On the 1st day of August 2016, the Command’s Tactical Teams arrested six suspected kidnappers, namely: Weli Promise ‘m’, Okwudiri Amadi ‘m’, Stephen Amadi ‘m’, Dike Innocent ‘m’, Emmanuel Dike ‘m’ and Ihua Godwin ‘m’ were arrested at their hideout in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers State. The suspects were said to be responsible for the kidnap of Rev. Father Ambrose Bani of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Igwuruta. Efforts are on to rescue the victim. Investigation is on-going at the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.
“The Command’s Operatives, rescued a 2-year old boy, master Kenedrick Kpodor ‘m’ of No. 20 Alex Ogbonda Street, Mgbuoba, Port Harcourt. The Victim was rescued as a result of intense pressure mounted on the kidnappers who were close to being tracked and arrested. The boy has since reunited with his parents. Investigation is on-going at the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.
“A notorious Armed Robber/Car Tracker demobiliser, by name, Ihechi Paul Bright ‘m’ was arrested through credible intelligence which paid off handsomely. On interrogation, he confessed to have snatched several cars in Port Harcourt and its environs. The cars he snatched and demobilised include: Lexus Jeep 470, Lexus Jeep 350, Lexus Jeep 330, Ford Edge etc. He is helping the Police in investigation.”

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