A yet-to-be-determined number of students of Abia State University Uturu, ABSU) have been reportedly kidnapped by unknown armed men from a commercial bus in which the students were travelling
According to reports,
the incident occurred Wednesday night as the students travelled from Okigwe to Uturu at about 8:00 pm.
But the Abia State Government has assured that the students would be located and returned safely.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, gave the assurance via a media statement.
Kalu wrote: “The Abia State Government is currently monitoring an incident that happened in Okigwe, Imo State, yesterday which led to the suspected abduction of yet to be determined number of students of the Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), who apparently ran into a yet to be identified gang of hoodlums operating along the Okigwe-Uturu Road.
“Preliminary information available to us
indicates that the students were moving in a mini van from Okigwe to Uturu
between 7pm – 8pm when they ran into the armed gang who marched them into the
nearby forest along with other yet to be identified travellers. Two of the
students managed to escape from the hoodlums while others are still being held
at a yet to be identified location.
“We are working with the government of Imo
State and relevant security agencies in both states to ensure the rescue of the
abducted students and others.”