Police confirm release of abducted UNIPORT lecturer

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The Rivers State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the release of a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Dr Jones Ayouwo, who was abducted by gunmen three weeks ago.

Ayouwo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, was kidnapped on February 21, 2021 on Bori Road in the Khana Local Government Area on his way from a Bible translation meeting.

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A spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, in a statement, said the victim was released unhurt on Monday night, adding that the kidnappers took to flight on sighting the police.

Omoni explained that the university teacher was receiving medical attention and would soon be reunited with his family.

Meanwhile, there was jubilation and fanfare at the University of Port Harcourt following the release of the don.



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Students at his department, as well as some lecturers, expressed happiness, saying it was victory for the institution.

The Head of Department, Religious and Cultural Studies, Prof. Ngozi Iheanacho, and Prof. Frank Ogiomo, of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, described Ayouwo’s release as a breath of fresh air for the faculty of humanities.

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