President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of three University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) students murdered by their kidnappers and their bodies buried in a shallow grave last month.
The undergraduate students, a lady and two young men, identified as Miss Joy Adoki, Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obimba, were reported missing on April 7, 2020 and their kidnappers demanded ransom, which the families paid.
They were however still murdered, after which a gang member was eventually apprehended by the police and he confessed to the crime.
In a statement issued on Sunday night, President Buhari extended condolences to the university authorities and the Rivers State Government over the unfortunate incident.
Describing the tragic occurrence as “sad and heinous,” Buhari regretted that the “evil perpetrators have cut short the prospectively bright journey of these youths.”
He prayed s that God will comfort all those who mourn the young students, and grant their souls eternal rest.
While noting that the Nigerian Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit has apprehended one of the suspected perpetrators, the President directed the Police Authorities to intensify search for the remaining suspects and bring them to justice.
According to the President, “this administration will continue to equip the law enforcement and security agencies to bring to an end the evil activities of kidnappers in the country.”