Two students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, who were kidnapped last week Monday, have been rescued by men of the state Police Command.
The students regained their freedom on Tuesday after spending eight days in the kidnappers den.
The rescued victims are Afamefuna Akadieze, a third year student of the Department of Political Science and Miracle Chukwuemeka, a second year student of Department of Sociology.
It was learnt that the students, who reside in their hostel located opposite the school gate, had gone downstairs from the two-storey building to buy ‘pure water’ when they were seized.
According to an eyewitness, the suspected kidnappers, numbering about four, pointed a gun at the victims and ordered them into a get-away taxi, from where they were taken to an unknown location.
Recounting their ordeal, the victims said that their suspected captors also demanded for their parents’ name and telephone numbers, with which they started calling them, demanding for ransom of N20 million.
It was gathered that they later reduced the ransom to N10, 000 with a threat that if the police were involved, they would kill the victims.
The Enugu State police spokesperson, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident.
He said “The case was reported to the state command and the Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed Abubakar, [who] directed the anti-kidnapping outfit to swing into action and to that extent, operation was carried out through information garnered from relevant quarters leading to the arrest of one of the gang members, identified as Ngeneoke Chinugo of Ituku village in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State”.
He said, “The suspect, a commercial motorcyclist at Ituku, disclosed how he conveyed one of the fleeing hoodlums with sachet water and food-flask to the forest, near Ufam stream in Ituku, where victims were held hostage.
“Victims were, however, rescued after intensive confrontation inside the den, as the.hoodlums escaped with various degree of injuries, just as manhunt on them are intensified.
“At the den after the encounter, a berreta pistol with some ammunition belonging to the hoodlums was also recovered”.
He added that “Ngeneoke is pleading for forgiveness. Although he maintained that one of the hoodlums is a family member recently discharged from the prison custody owing to his involvement in criminality”.