The police in Rivers State said they had launched an operation to secure the release of a first class monarch, Aarom Ikuru, and a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Dr Jones Ayauwo, who were abducted from separate locations on Sunday.
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The spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, stated this while confirming both incidents to our correspondent in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Ikuru is the monarch of Ikuru town and Chairman of the Andoni Council of Traditional Rulers, while Ayauwo is a lecturer of Linguistics and Communications, UNIPORT.
Omoni said Ikuru was kidnapped from his residence in Ikuru town, Andonin Local Government Area of the state, while Ayauwo was abducted in Kpea community, Khana Local Government Area of the state.
Omoni stated, “We have mobilised our personnel. They are combing the bushes and creeks to ensure that both the traditional ruler and the lecturer are released in record time.
“The abductors have not made any contact with the victims’ families for now. You know these things are done behind the scene, but I can assure the people of Andoni that their two prominent sons will be released as soon as possible.”
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Sammy Kpenu, called for the immediate release of the lecturer.
He said, “There were three other occupants, who joined Ayauwo in his car. So, when the gunmen came to kidnap him, they forcefully ejected the other occupants and then forced him into their own car.
“Then, one of the kidnappers drove Ayauwo’s car and didn’t leave it there. Since then, we have not heard anything from the kidnappers.
“The management of the university is in touch with Dr Ayauwo’s family and we are praying to God that the abductors will see reason and release him.”
On his part, the palace spokesman, Mr Maurice Ikuru, said nothing had been heard from the monarch’s kidnappers.
In a separate development, it was gathered that a group of four armed men waylaid three journalists with a popular television station in the state, who were returning from an event in the Andoni Local Government Area.
The gunmen, who attacked them in the Khana area of Ogoni, dispossess the journalists of a TV camera, mobile phones and other valuables before letting them go.
It was learnt that the three journalists went to the Bori Police Station to lodge a complaint.