LAWRENCE NWOKEDI & CHINEDU ANYASO
The Abia State University says it is only one of its students who was among the passengers abducted in a Sienna van in Okigwe, Imo State by yet to be identified hoodlums.
Addressing journalists in Umuahia, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Onyemachi Ogbulu, said that investigations into the incident showed that two of the three students of the University that were in vehicle managed to escape from the hoodlums during the abduction.
According to the Vice Chancellor, the management of the University through its security outfit is working assiduously in assisting both the Imo and Abia State Governments as well as law enforcement agencies to rescue the victims.
He noted that security had been beefed up around the university community to avert any further occurrence of such ugly incident.
Professor Ogbulu called on members of the public and the university community to remain calm, as efforts were on to rescue the abducted student and other victims of the incident.
Similarly, the Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, has said that law enforcement agencies of both Abia and Imo States have been mobilized to rescue the abducted student and all those still in custody of the kidnappers.
According to the statement, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was directly coordinating efforts to ensure safe return of the student and the others as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has given directive for security reinforcement along the Abia segment of the Okigwe-Uturu Road to prevent future occurrence.
A van conveying passengers, including students of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), was last Wednesday night waylaid around Okigwe in Imo State along with two other private vehicles by yet to be identified hoodlums.