Gunmen operating along Uturu-Okigwe have reportedly attacked students of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, killing one identified as Master Ede Donald.
Three other students whose names were yet to be ascertained were said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries that they sustained in the attack.
The students were reportedly coming back to their school from a Final Religious Profession of some Marist brothers in Orlu, Imo State when the ugly incident happened.
Principal of the school, Rev (Bro) Joachim Ezetulugo, told journalists that the incident occurred at about 5:30pm, on Saturday.
He said two of Marist brothers work in the school, which led the school management to send the band boys and some members of staff to represent the school at Orlu, Imo State.
Meanwhile, in a statement signed by the Information Commissioner of the state, Mr. John Okiyi-Kalu, read “It was with sadness that we received the news of an attack on commuters by hoodlums operating along Ihube, Okigwe LGA of Imo State, which affected some students of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, who ran into them while returning from a religious programme yesterday in Imo State with the unfortunate loss of Master Ede Donald and injury to three other students of the school.
“Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede, to, as a matter of urgency, liaise with her counterpart in Imo State to swiftly arrest the hoodlums and bring them to justice.
“Abia State Government has also confirmed from the management of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, that the three students who sustained injuries from the attack have been treated and discharged while the parents of Master Ede Donald have been contacted.
“While we commiserate with parents of the deceased, students, staff and management of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, over this unfortunate incident in our neighboring state, we condemn in totality the attempt by agents of opposition political actors in our state whose stock in trade is spreading fake news to diminish the state.
“The circulating report sponsored by these unconscionable individuals that ten students of Abia State University, Uturu, were abducted yesterday is not only untrue but also wicked and a creation of the evil minds of those who are ready to do anything in pursuit of their selfish objectives against the overall interests of the State.
“The management of Abia State University, including the Vice Chancellor, Prof Maxwell Ogbulu, has confirmed that no student of the institution was abducted yesterday as against fake reports obviously sponsored by these elements.
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