James Fenwi, the abducted lecturer of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Ken-Poly, Bori in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, has regained his freedom.
Finwe, who was abducted on Wednesday at his residence in Igwurutali community, Ikwerri LGA was released Saturday, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, in the institution, Prince Psudo Nwiyo said.
Nwiyo who said Finwe was released unconditionally by his abductors noted that the pressure placed on the security agencies by the union paid off.
He commended Governor Nyesom Wike and the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan for their efforts for the timely rescue of their colleague.
According to him: “I had to put a lot of pressure on the police, especially the Officer in charge of kidnapping who assured me that in no distance time he was going to be released and I was very happy to hear that my colleague has been released.
“I want to thank the Rivers State Government for the pressure that they put on the security agencies. And the Commissioner of Police, especially the O.C Kidnapping who kept to his words to ensure that his men work assiduously to ensure the release of Mr James Finwe.”
Nwiyo revealed that the kidnappers had demanded an undisclosed sum of money for ransom, stressing that the victim was released unconditionally.
He said: “The kind of money that kidnappers are looking for, I don’t think there is any lecturer that has such kind of money. We are civil servants.
“I want to advise those that are still in the business of kidnapping, that crime is no longer lucrative because the commissioner of police and the Governor of the State has vowed to fight criminality to a standstill.