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Lecturer Regains Freedom from Kidnappers After 37 Days

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A sociology lecturer in the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Dr. Ndutimi Dudafa, who was abducted on July 12 by a gang of gunmen, has regained his freedom.

Dudafa was kidnapped from his home at Gbarantoru in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, and he was released on Friday after spending 37 agonizing days in the kidnappers’ den.

He told reporters that he was freed in the early hours of Friday by his abductors who abandoned him at the Onuebum waterfront in the Ogbia Local Government Area.

Dudafa said the bandits blindfolded him before they dropped him off at the waterfront, stressing that no ransom was paid by his family members to secure his release.

He also declined to give reasons for his abduction.

“They dropped me (off) at Onuebum waterfront at about 12:30am dof Friday the 17th of August and left. I was told my family paid no ransom.

“I wish to thank the press and all well-wishers who played one role or the other that led to my freedom”, Dudafa said.

Chief Ineye Dudafa, elder brother of the released victim, expressed gratitude to the law enforcement agencies and the media for their support towards the university teacher’s freedom from the kidnappers.

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