ABSU student abductors demand ransom from family


Kidnappers of the student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu have reportedly contacted the family members of their victim.

It was gathered that they have demanded for an undisclosed ransom for the release of their victim.

This was disclosed by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Onyemachi Ogbulu while addressing journalists in Umuahia.

Gunmen on Wednesday evening abducted some students of ABSU moving from Uturu to Okigwe with other passengers.

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Two of the students were said to have managed to escape from their abductors.

Addressing journalists in Umuahia, the State capital on Friday,  Prof Ogbulu though didn’t disclose the amount demanded by the kidnappers, said contrary to speculations that scores of students of the institution were abducted, it was only one student that was kidnapped as the two other students escaped.

He said the abductors had contacted the parents of their victim and demanded for ransom, but refused to disclose the amount they demanded.

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The Vice Chancellor said the University, working in consonance with Abia and Imo states Governments would ensure the immediate and unconditional release of the student and others abducted along side him.

While assuring that the University is safe, Prof Ogbulu said security in and around the institution has been beefed up to forestall future occurrence of the incident.

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According to him, the University assignment part of measures to ensure safety of lives of its students and staff have adjusted theie lecture period from 9am to 4pm.

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Prof. Onyema OgbuluHe commended Gov Okezie Ikpeazu for government’s prompt response in addressing the challenge and warned criminal elements to keep away from the University as security has been put on red alert to ensure protection of lives and property of innocent citizens.


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