Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Police nab 8 suspected abductors

13 September 2012, 07:22

Enugu - The anti-kidnap squad of the police in Enugu State has arrested eight persons suspected to have kidnapped the Vice Chancellor of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Prof. Cyprian Onyeji.

A statement in Enugu on Wednesday from the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ebere Amarizu, said the suspects were arrested after a gun battle with the police at Safety Hotel, Uwani, at about 1.30 a.m.

According to the statement, the suspects are connected with some kidnap activities in the South East and its environs.

The statement said the suspects had given convincing insights about their role in the recent kidnap of Onyeji, as well as other incidents in the state.

It disclosed that a Volkswagen Vento car, two riffles and five loaded magazines with 52 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

"Following their arrest, they confessed that their gang leader and other members arrived from Port Harcourt.

"Then at about 1:30 a.m., security operatives were led to Safety Hotels at Uwani in Enugu where severe gun duel ensued between the suspected kidnappers and the security operatives."

The command appealed to the members of the public, particularly hospitals, to watch out for anybody with bullet injuries and to promptly report such for appropriate actions.

The statement commended the cooperation of other security agencies, the media and the public for providing useful information and assistance leading to the achievement.

It said the command would continue to partner with the citizens to eradicate crime from the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Onyeji was abducted in August and rescued after eight days at Igbariam in Anambra.


Tags abductions

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...