The University of Port Harcourt on Saturday said 2 of the 3 victims whose decomposing corpses were exhumed in Etoo, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State are not its students.
The Anti- Kidnapping unit of Rivers State Police on Friday arrested members of a kidnap gang who abducted, killed, raped and buried the three persons in a shallow grave in the area.
Friday Akpan, one of the suspects told newsmen that they kidnapped the victims identified as Joy Adoki, Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obimba on the order of one Bright who told them the victims betrayed him after money was paid into the account of one of the victims.
The suspect said that they killed and buried the 3 victims after raping the female among them, Joy Adoki.
William Wordi, the public relations officer of the University said that only the female victim, Joy Adoki, was a student of the University.
He said that the victim lived in Alakahia, an off-campus concentration and was supposed to be at home since March when the University shut down following the coronavirus pandemic.
DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the public relations officer of the command disclosed that the Anti-Kidnapping unit led by its commander, Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) Collins Edward Shadar swung into action after a case of kidnap of the three undergraduates was reported to the unit.
DSP Omoni explained that following discreet investigation and gallant effort of the unit led by CSP Shadar, the suspects were arrested and one of them led the Police to the place where the undergraduates were killed and buried.
Omoni further explained that one AK 47 riffle, one pistol, three magazines, 72 rounds of live ammunitions were recovered from the suspects.