Three 400 level students of the Univeristy of Port Harcourt kidnapped on April 7 have been discovered dead in Eleme, The Nation has learnt.
The victims identified as Joy Adoki Nelson Nwafor and Fortune Obemba were declared missing by the police on April 19 after Adoki’s brother, Umor, filed a compliant at Eleme Police Division.
It was gathered that days after they disappeared, their kidnappers contacted their families and demanded ransom.
Despite payment of ransom, it was gathered that the kidnappers failed to release the students as promised, leaving their families confused.
The Nation gathered that with the complaint made by Adoki’s brother, detectives in Rivers State arrested one Bright alias Nelly, who led investigators to two principal suspects in the kidnap identified as Friday Akpan and Emmanuel both resident in Eteo, Eleme.
It was learnt that Akpan confessed to the police the three suspects were killed and buried in shallow graves at Eleme.
The Nation gathered that the suspects led investigators to the scene of the murder around 6am on Friday where the three decomposing bodies of the victims were recovered.
The suspects, police sources said, also confessed to various kidnappings.
Rivers Police spokesman Nnamdi Oboni did not answer calls to his telephone or reply to SMS seeking his comments on the issue.