- Some university students in Abia state have been kidnapped around neighbouring Imo state
- The students were waylaid by armed men and forcefully dragged out of their bus and taken into the forest
- Two of the students, however, escaped while the Abia state government has assured that the rest will be rescued
The Punch is reporting that gunmen on Wednesday night, May 6 kidnapped an unknown number of students of Abia State University, Uturu.
According to the report, the hoodlums whisked the students into the forest shortly after they ambushed them while journeying on a bus along Okigwe-Uturu road.
Abia state commissioner for information, John Kalu, confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday, May 6.
He said two of the students escaped from the clutches of the hoodlums while others were still being held hostage by the criminals.
Part of 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 minivan from Okigwe to Uturu between 7 pm – 8 pm 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.”
Meanwhile, as Nigeria continues to battle banditry and widespread kidnappings across the country's highways, citizens are advised to take extra caution when plying major expressways.
On a daily basis, citizens are forcefully abducted on the highways as armed bandits have practically taken over the forests.
Road travel which used to be fun in the past is now like a death trap, especially for those who can't afford air travel.
Legit.ng recently listed nine security tips that could help road travellers in these perilous times.
In a related development, the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has described Nigeria’s security situation as massively complex, stressing that no partnership would resolve the multiplicity of the country’s problems.
Duddridge made the comments while responding to questions from journalists attached to Nigeria's ministry of foreign affairs.
The British minister had visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss matters of interest between both countries when he was accosted by the reporters.