Abia State University Uturu students have been kidnapped by gunmen who are believed to be Fulani herders. Seven students have been abducted (ABSU).
According to the suspected kidnappers, they called the families of the students they kidnapped and demanded N2 million from each of them.
In the early hours of Thursday, March 31, gunmen kidnapped the students from the Okigwe/Uturu route when the bus they were on with other passengers was assaulted by gunmen. It wasn’t until the weekend that word spread.
Two medical students, Mejeh Emmanuel and Divine Nwachukwu, have been identified as the victims.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) confirmed that efforts were being stepped up to secure the release of the aforementioned students, while also urging students to avoid nighttime transportation.
Abia and Imo State Police Commands have joined forces to save the youngsters in the meantime.
Abia Command spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna said on Sunday that the seven kidnapped students have not been released.
The kidnapping occurred at an intersection of the road in Imo State, but the victims were students at an Abia State-owned institution, therefore the two police commands had to work together.
It’s a joint effort between the Abia and Imo state governments. According to what I’ve heard, the students are from Abia and there are roughly seven of them.
Abducted pupils have contacted the vice-chancellor of ABSU, Prof. Onyemachi Ogbulu, and asked for N10 million each student, but have since reduced that to N2 million.
More than six security checks separate Okigwe from ABSU, although he bemoaned the fact that this occurs on occasion yet no one has been arrested.
Despite the presence of “all the security personnel, the army, the police, the Mobile Police,” he argued that one cannot fathom the recurrent kidnappings of students.