Police exhume corpses of 3 kidnapped UNIPORT students, arrest kidnappers

The chief suspect, Friday Akpan and body bags for kidnapped UNIPORT students
The chief suspect, Friday Akpan and body bags for kidnapped UNIPORT students

Okafor Ofiebor/Port-Harcourt

The bodies of three students of University of Port Harcourt(UNIPORT), kidnapped since 7 April, were exhumed by the police today.

One of the bodies was that of a female student identified as Joy Adoki.

By the confession of one of the arrested kidnappers, she was gang-raped and then unconscionably hacked to death.

Police put all the three bodies in bags.

The suspect and the hacked remains of one of the UNIPORT students kidnapped

The other students were identified as Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obemba.

All the bodies, including the dismembered Adoki were deposited later in the mortuary.

The police were able to crack the case after the arrest on 30 April of the chief suspect, called Friday Akpan.

He led them to the arrest of two other suspects.

Early on 1 May, he also took the operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit of the Rivers State Police Command to a forest at Eteo in Eleme Local Government Area.

There they found the bodies of the missing students.

It was learnt that the three undergraduates were kidnapped around Choba Campus of the University and driven to the forest.

Their abductors demanded ransom.

When the ransom was not forthcoming, the kidnappers, said to be members of the Iceland Cult, gang-raped Joy Adoki.

They thereafter butchered her to death.

According to DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the Police Public Relations Officer, exhibits recovered from the suspects include an AK47 rifle, three magazines and 72 rounds of ammunition.

The Commissioner of Police, Joseph G Mukan has assured the families of the deceased students that justice will be brought to bear on the culprits.


  1. What is penalty for this kind of horrendous crime in Nigeria?. I know they will be convicted, and probably sentenced to death.
    My question is – how many convicted felons actually been put to sleep. If you go to the prisons in Nigeria, you will see all these prisoners who have been sentenced to death for decades. still hanging in there..

  2. My thoughts are sincerely with the bereaved families. I pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
    Honestly, the Nigeria Police Force stands out as one of the best forces in terms of crime investigation in the whole world and is incomparable. This had been the case since colonial times and it’s a good thing that the excellent tradition remains in the organization. The way the country’s police resolved the Apalara murder case and brought the murderers to justice speaks volumes about the organization.
    It’s the country’s judicial system that is failing the country. Many criminals are unjustly left off the hook by the judges and I think it will be a good thing if there is a major shake up in the judicial system. From what we read in the papers it appears that only Edo state judges remain uncompromised.
    I will also appeal to the federal government to increase the emoluments of police men and officers.

  3. May the souls of these young scholars rest in peace and their families have the fortitude to bear this irreparable lost. And for these criminals who did this, may they face the wrath and anger of God.

  4. This is a very sad story. I pray that the families of the victims have the fortitude to bear the losses. The judges are not doing well in whole world most especially Nigeria. These people would be charged to court and some years later they are in the streets again. My opinion is that as soon as they confessed and found guilty of the offence(s) they should be killed.

  5. May God have mercy on this whole world and judge the wicket accordingly . Please Lord comfort the families of the deceased. Amen

Comments are closed.