Kidnappers beat lecturer to death after collecting N1.1m ransom
Two men, Patrick Koyi and Chituru Ferdinand, have been arrested for allegedly kidnaping a lecturer, Emmanuel Chinasa Obi, working with the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in September 2016. The suspects also beat the victim to death after collecting N1.1 ransom.
According to a police source said: “The lecturer was murdered by his kidnappers after a ransom of N1.1m was paid in two installments to them. The kidnappers first received a ransom of N700,000 from his family while he was alive, then they paid an additional N400,000 after he was killed.
When the kidnappers refused to release the lecturer, the family became worried and informed the police.” Koyi was arrested in Port Harcourt in possession of Obi’s Techno phone.
He confessed to the crime and led operatives to his home, where Ferdinand, whom he fingered as the mastermind of the abduction, was arrested. The lecturer attracted the suspects’ attention after they discovered he was building a duplex in the village, at Rumuji Town.