Kidnappers free DELSU SSANU chairman, driver


• Katsina village head regains freedom from abductors

Dele Ogunyemi and Olaide Oyelude

The Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Delta State University, Abraka branch, Monday Izu, who was last week abducted by gunmen while returning from an official assignment in Warri, has regained his freedom.

He was released alongside his driver after six days in captivity.

The abduction took place on the Eku-Abraka Road in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, where the gunmen lurked around a failed portion of the road.

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PUNCH Metro gathered that Izu’s kidnappers established contact with his family on Saturday with his mobile phone.

Sources said initially, the abductors demanded N24m, which was later reduced to N5m.

Izu and his driver were later released and reunited with their family members.

As of the time of filing this report, no one could tell if ransom was paid or not.

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The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the development.

She said the police were on the trail of the kidnappers.

In a related development, the village head of Raddah community in the Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State, Alhaji Kabir Umar, who was abducted last week, has regained his freedom.

A spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the development.

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Isah said, “The village head regained his freedom this (Wednesday) morning. According to his family, no ransom was paid.”

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