Kidnapped NYSC Members Regain Freedom after One Week in Captivity
Seven National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who were abducted while traveling from the NYSC orientation camp in Ondo State to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have been freed after spending a week in captivity.Previously, a concerned family member of one of the kidnapped corps members had alerted a popular radio station in Port Harcourt about the incident. According to the report, armed men had abducted 12 NYSC members along the Rumuji axis of the East-West Road in Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers State. During the incident, five of the corps members managed to escape in a display of courage.The Rivers State Police had acknowledged the abduction, although they were unable to provide the exact number of passengers in the bus carrying the youths on their national service.However, a man who claimed to be related to one of the kidnapped corps members spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt, revealing that the remaining seven abductees had been released. The rescue occurred around 9 pm on Sunday evening in the Choba area of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area after a ransom was paid.The man expressed the harrowing conditions the released corps members endured, describing their appearance as if they had been covered in mud. They seemed to have been affected by mosquito or sand-fly bites from their time in the bush. Following their release, the victims reported the incident to the police and provided their statements while attempting to recover their belongings.Upon contacting the state police spokesperson, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, she confirmed the release of the corps members but stated that she had no knowledge of any ransom payment. She further mentioned that an official statement from the command would be issued on Thursday regarding the incident.