Kidnapped UNIPORT lecturer regains freedom

​THE kidnapped lecturer of the University of Port

Harcourt, Dr. Reginald Ohiri, regained his freedom on

Tuesday night from the hands of his abductors.

The victim was said to have been freed by his

abductors after they later found out that he was not

their target.

Ohiri, who is a lecturer in the Department of

Biochemistry in UNPORT, was abducted on the eve of

Monday from his resident in Aluu community, Ikwerre

Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The gunmen, who whisked Ohiri away at gunpoint

Monday night, later demanded N2 million ransom for

his release.

It was gathered when the abductors confirmed that

Ohiri was not their target, they allegedly granted him


As of the time of filing this report, the victim was said

to have reported to the Senate block of UNIPORT to

relate his freedom to the management of the


Confirming the release on Wednesday, the

Management of the University of Port Harcourt, said

the lecturer had returned home.

Spokesman for UNIPORT, Dr. William Wodi, stated that

the lecturer, who was released Tuesday night, reported

to school on Wednesday.

Wodi did not confirm if any ransom was paid before

the release, but revealed that the kidnappers informed

their victim that his abduction was a case of mistaken


“The man has been released, he left my office a few

minutes ago. He was a victim of mistaken identity.

That is what the man told me when he came to my

office,” Wodi said.