Gunmen kidnap UNIPORT lecturers, attack 3 journalists in Rivers


A University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Dr Jones Ayuwo, has been kidnapped by suspected gunmen who also attacked three journalists of the Rivers State Television (RSTV).

Report has it that Ayuwo, a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Communications Studies, was kidnapped on Sunday night on Andoni-Ogoni Road, Rivers.

The victim was said to have been returning from a meeting with members of his local language Bible translation committee when he was attacked.

Ayuwo, whose wife is the Bursar of UNIPORT, also serves as a member of the Governing Council of Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola, Port Harcourt.

The three journalists, who had covered the committee’s meeting, were also attacked while returning from the event in separate incidents.

The journalists had their phones, video camera and other valuables forcefully taken from them by the hoodlums.

Spokesman for UNIPORT, Mr Samuel Kpenu, who confirmed the abduction, said no contact had been established with the suspected kidnappers.

“However, the university is on top of the game, and has already contacted and sympathised with the family and promised to stand by them,” he said.


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