Kidnappers strike in southwest state, abduct female university students
- Two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun state have been kidnapped
- The students who are both 300 level students at the Ayetoro campus of the university were abducted on Sunday, March 14
- Confirming the abduction, the university gave the assurance that efforts are ongoing to rescue the students
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Unknown gunmen on Sunday night, March 14, kidnapped two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun state, The Nation reported.
The students are identified as Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola; one is said to be studying Forestry and Wildlife Management while the other is studying Agricultural Economics.
The victims were said to be 300 level students at the Ayetoro campus of the university.
They were suspected to be abducted by gunmen engaged in carrying out ‘kidnapping for ransom.’ They reportedly fired several shuts before taking the captives away.
It was gathered that the incident happened at Igbole Aibo Quarter area of Ayetoro in Yewa North local government area of the state.
The deputy registrar, Corporate Affairs Unit of the OOU, Niyi Oduwole, has reportedly confirmed the abduction, describing it as unfortunate.
Oduwole said that the university management is working on the situation and collaborating with relevant people to ensure the victims are safely released.
He added that the university is beefing up security around all its various campuses and hostels.
“We sympathise with parents of the victims and we want to assure them that their wards will be rescued unhurt. We are on top of the situation.”
In a related development, bandits have abducted students and teachers from UBE Primary School in Rama, a village in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
The incident occurred while the pupils were trooping into the school around 9am on Monday, March 15.
According to Abdulsalam Adam, a resident, the gunmen came on about 12 motorcycles.
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The latest followed the abduction of abducted 39 students from a federal college, also in Kaduna state.
Meanwhile, the bandits behind the abduction of the 39 students have demanded N500 million for their release.
Three parents of some of the abducted students confirmed that the abductors have reached out and made a demand of N500 million for their release.
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