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Kidnapped corps members regain freedom in Rivers

PORT HARCOURT- FIVE corps members kidnapped two weeks ago in Rivers state have regained their freedom, says the Rivers state Police Command.

A statement from the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Ben Ugwuegbulam, said they were freed, Sunday night, at Ama, Omoku in Rivers state.

According to him, they were rescued by Mobile Policemen on Stop and search Operations at Omerenu checkpoint on Port Harcourt-Owerri road. Adding that they have since been handed over to the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General M.I. Tsiga.

His words, “Release and rescue of five kidnapped corpers. While Police SOS and Anti kidnapping teams supported by DPO Omoku were making efforts to rescue the mother of Chief Okoroma kidnapped on 17/6/11 at Obrikom, that effort not only led to the rescue of the old woman at about 15 hours today 19/6/11 at Ama Omoku, it also added to pressure sustained on the kidnappers of the corpers by the Police, State Security and the military since the 14/6/11 incident. “

“Thus, at about 1930 hours the five kidnapped corpers were sighted and rescued by Mobile Policemen conducting stop and search at Omerenu along Port Harcourt-Owerri road.

The victims have been handed over to the highly delighted Director General NYSC, Brigadier General M I Tsiga in good state of health. Investigation to arrest all the culprits continues please”.

It would be recalled that the corps members were kidnapped two weeks ago at Omademe on their way from a school in the community where they had gone to commission a library project, built as part of their community development service.

The released hostages were four females and a male.

Source:Vanguard newspaper
20th June, 2011


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