Gunmen Abduct Unknown Number of Abia Varsity Students


Gunmen have abducted yet-to-be ascertained number of students of Abia State University, Uturu.

The incident occurred on Wednesday night when the hoodlums ambushed the students while traveling on a bus along Okigwe-Uturu Road.

According to a statement by the Commissioner for Information in the state, John Kalu, on Thursday, two of the students escaped from the clutches of the hoodlums while others were still being held hostage by the criminals.

Kalu said; “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.”