BREAKING!! Governor Ikpeazu Reacts As Unkown Gunmen Kidnap Many Abia University Students
According to reports, the incident occurred around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night along the Okigwe-Uturu Road as the students were riding a commercial bus back to campus.
The Abia State Government confirmed the incident and stated that additional efforts were being made to ensure the abducted students’ safe return.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the State Commissioner for Information, said in a press release that the state government was working with the neighboring state of Imo to rescue the students.
“The Abia State Government is currently monitoring an incident that occurred in Okigwe, Imo State, yesterday that resulted in the alleged abduction of an unknown number of students from Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), who apparently ran into a yet-to-be-identified gang of hoodlums operating along the Okigwe-Uturu Road,” the statement read.
“Preliminary information available to us indicates that the students were traveling in a mini van from Okigwe to Uturu between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. when they were ambushed by an armed gang, who marched them and other unidentified travelers into the nearby forest.
Two of the students were able to flee the hoodlums, while the others are still being held at an undisclosed venue.
“To ensure the rescue of the abducted students and others, we are collaborating with the government of Imo State and relevant security agencies in both states.
“Members of the public and the ABSU group are urged to remain calm, as we will use all available resources to ensure the victims’ welfare.
“We take the task of protecting the lives and property of Abians and tourists to the State very seriously, and no criminal working within our community will be able to escape justice.”
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