Stakeholders in Abia State have decried the reported abduction of scholars of Abia State College (ABSU) Uturu in Isuikwuato Native Authorities Space on Wednesday evening by unknown gunmen.
DAILY POST gathered that the scholars have been kidnapped whereas transiting on a bus on Okigwe-Uturu Street.
Reacting to the ugly incident, a famend economist, Dr. Alex Otti referred to as on related authorities and safety businesses to swiftly swing into motion and guarantee well timed rescue of the scholars with out hurt, and promised to supply the required assist and help that would fasten the discharge of the scholars.
Otti considered such acts of violence towards the scholars as depraved, barbaric and reprehensible, and reminded the perpetrators of the dastardly act that nothing justifies any type of violence towards harmless members of the society, way more college students on authentic educational pursuit.
The previous Gubernatorial Candidate from Abia state in a launch made obtainable to newsmen in Umuahia by his Particular Adviser on Media, Ferdinand Ekeoma referred to as on governments in any respect ranges to deal with the current safety challenges bedevilling the nation as a urgent emergency and contemplate developing with far reaching measures and methods geared toward discovering a everlasting answer to the current challenges.
The ex-Financial institution Chief appealed to the federal government to have interaction the youths in a honest and complete dialogue that would assist cut back the current pressure and safety challenges.
Additionally reacting to the kidnapping of the college college students, the Abia State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), condemned the act and requested the safety businesses to redouble effort and rescue the harmless college students.
APC described the incident as evil, horrible and unacceptable.
Benedict Godson, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Abia State, Comrade Benedict Godson in a press release on Friday, tasked safety businesses within the state to step up manhunt of the perpetrators to make sure the rescue of the kidnapped ABSU college students.
The Social gathering Management stated, “the principle obligation now as a matter of urgency is to assist the safety brokers with related data that may assist safe our state as a result of Abia belongs to all of us.
“That is no time responsible anyone. This can be a time for us to motive collectively as a result of it’s only by reasoning collectively that we will conquer such unspeakable acts.
“The kidnapped ones are college students, they’re solely learning for higher tomorrow and don’t deserve such evil. There’s completely no justification for this on the a part of the perpetrators.
“As a individuals, we should notice that safety is a critical enterprise and we have now to start out seeing it so. We don’t have some other state to name ours besides Abia, so we should not sit and watch Abia become one thing else.
“Everywhere in the world, safety isn’t any extra the enterprise of the federal government solely. It’s our enterprise as a result of a secured atmosphere is the one atmosphere that may thrive in enterprise and different crucial actions.
“For the mother and father of our kidnapped college students, we urge them to relax and we pray along with them that their kids will certainly be rescued in full well being”.
On his half, the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu described the situation as unacceptable and tasked safety businesses to work in synergy in exposing the perpetrators of the evil acts within the society.
The previous Abia Governor lauded the immediate response of the Governors of Abia and Imo states in working carefully with different stakeholders in a bid to make sure the secure launch of the kidnapped college students.
Kalu appealed to their mother and father, in addition to the ABSU group to be calm and optimistic, emphasizing that the struggle towards kidnapping and different vices remained a collective accountability of all ranges of presidency no matter political affiliation.
“The scholars are our youngsters and future leaders of tomorrow and as such they don’t need to undergo this emotional trauma.
“I’m not solely touched however extraordinarily disturbed by this unhappy and ugly improvement. Shifting ahead all palms should be on deck to safe the discharge of the kidnapped college students unhurt.
“On my path I’ve established contacts with the related safety businesses to make sure the protection return of those college students in addition to putting in proactive measures,” he stated.
Expressing worries on the worsening insecurity in the complete southeast zone, a Safety knowledgeable, Emmanuel Nsofor stated concerted effort ought to be taken to make sure the discharge of the kidnapped college students.
Nsofor canvassed satisfactory funding of the Nigeria safety archecture to allow them nip within the bud the upsurge of kidnapping, banditry and terrorism threatening the peaceable co-existence of the nation.
He tasked safety businesses to additional step up methods significantly within the space of intelligence gathering to deal with any act of insecurity in Nigeria.
In the meantime, on the time of this report, the abductors are but to contact the ABSU authority or mother and father of the victims underneath their custody.
Addressing journalists in a press convention held in Umuahia, on Friday, the Vice Chancellor of the Abia State College, Uturu, Professor O. M Ogbulu confirmed the kidnapping of the scholars by the gunmen.
The Vice Chancellor additionally confirmed that two of the scholars escaped from the hoodlums, whereas one scholar was nonetheless being held by them.
Professor Ogbulu assured that the varsity authority is working assiduously with safety businesses to make sure the discharge of the scholars and prosecution of the culprits.
He stated, “Two of the scholars managed to flee from the hoodlums whereas one different scholar remains to be being held at a but to be recognized location. Administration of the College by our safety outfit is working assiduously in helping each Imo and Abia State Governments and Legislation enforcement businesses to rescue the sufferer. Steps are additionally being taken to avert any additional incidence of this ugly incident within the college”.
Persevering with, the ABSU Vice Chancellor stated, “members of the general public and Abia State College group ought to stay calm as we’ll spare no effort in guaranteeing the protection of the sufferer and our expensive college students.
“Let me guarantee you that Abia State College is secure, as employees and college students are going about their regular educational actions”.
In the meantime, the Abia State Authorities says it’s working with the federal government of Imo State and related safety businesses in each states to make sure the rescue of the kidnapped college students and others.
In a launch issued by the State Commissioner for Info, Chief John Okiyi Kalu on Thursday, the Authorities reiterated that no legal working inside its atmosphere shall be allowed to flee justice, because it takes the job of defending the lives and property of Abians and guests to the State significantly.
The press launch partly acknowledged, “Abia State Authorities is at present monitoring an incident that occurred in Okigwe, Imo State, yesterday which led to the suspected abduction of but to be decided variety of college students of the Abia State College, Uturu (ABSU), who apparently ran right into a but to be recognized gang of hoodlums working alongside the Okigwe-Uturu Street.
“Preliminary data obtainable to us signifies that the scholars have been transferring in a mini van from Okigwe to Uturu between 7pm – 8pm after they bumped into the armed gang who marched them into the close by forest together with different but to be recognized vacationers. Two of the scholars managed to flee from the hoodlums whereas others are nonetheless being held at a but to be recognized location.
“Members of the general public and ABSU group are suggested to stay calm as we’ll spare no useful resource in guaranteeing the protection of the victims”.
As a part of measures to arrest the scenario, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed for safety reinforcement alongside the Abia section of the Okigwe-Uturu Street to forestall future incidence.
The Governor acknowledged that he was straight coordinating efforts to make sure secure return of the scholars and the others as shortly as potential.
Based on a press release on Friday, “Legislation enforcement businesses of each Abia and Imo States have been mobilized to rescue the scholar and all these nonetheless in custody of the abductors”.
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