From Okey Sampson, Umuahia
An unknown number of students of Abia State University, Uturu were on Wednesday evening abducted by bandits at Okigwe, Imo State.
This is even as two of the students were said to have managed to escape from their abductors.
The students were reportedly moving in a mini van from Okigwe to Uturu between 7pm – 8pm when they ran into the armed gang somewhere at Okigwe.
The bandits were said to have marched the students into the nearby forest together with other travelers in the bus.
Investigations revealed that two of the students managed to escape from the hoodlums while others were still being held at the bandits hideout.
As at the time of filling this report, the gate of the students and other passengers inside the bus were unknown as the hoodlums were yet to establish contact with anybody from their hideout.
However, Abia State Government has reacted angrily over the incident.
In a statement, the state Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu said the state government was “monitoring the 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.
“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”.
While advising members of the public and ABSU community in particular to remain calm as efforts are being made to free the abducted persons and apprehend the hoodlums, the release assured that no criminal operating within Abia will be allowed to escape justice.
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