No Word Yet From Abductors Of Abia State Varsity Students - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, May 6, 2021

No Word Yet From Abductors Of Abia State Varsity Students

From Godwin Akomah, Umuahia

Concerns over the unspecified number of students of Abia State University, Uturu, who were abducted on Wednesday by gunmen continued to mount more and more as the abductors have yet to reach out to the victims' families or the institutions.

It is not yet clear who were behind the abduction, whether they are the regular bandits and kidnappers whose activities across the country are not new to Nigerians or the new Unknown Gunmen (UGM) that recently birthed in the Southeast about seven weeks ago.

Gunmen had waylaid the students  after they had ambushed them while traveling in a bus along Okigwe-Uturu Road and herded the victims into the forest.  Nothing is heard about them or abductors since. 

The Commissioner for Information in the state, John Kalu, in a statement on Thursday, said two of the students luckily escaped from the clutches of the kidnappers while others were still being kept somewhere in the den of the criminals.

The statement read:“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, 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 travelers. 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.

“Members of the public and ABSU community are advised to remain calm as we will spare no resource in ensuring the safety of the victims.

“No criminal operating within our environment will be allowed to escape justice as we take the job of protecting lives and property of Abians and visitors to the State very seriously.”

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