Stakeholders in Abia State have decried the reported abduction of scholars of Abia State College (ABSU) Uturu in Isuikwuato Native Authorities Space on Wednesday night time by unknown gunmen.
DAILY POST gathered that the scholars had 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 companies to swiftly swing into motion and guarantee well timed rescue of the scholars with out hurt, and promised to supply the required help and help that might 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, rather more college students on official educational pursuit.
The previous Gubernatorial Candidate from Abia state in a launch made accessible 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 take into account arising with far reaching measures and methods aimed toward discovering a everlasting resolution to the current challenges.
The ex-Financial institution Chief appealed to the federal government to interact the youths in a honest and complete dialogue that might assist cut back the current stress 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 companies 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 companies within the state to step up manhunt of the perpetrators to make sure the rescue of the kidnapped ABSU college students.
The Occasion Management stated, “the primary responsibility 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 in charge anyone. This can be a time for us to cause collectively as a result of it is just by reasoning collectively that we are able to 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 severe enterprise and we’ve got to start out seeing it so. We don’t have every other state to name ours besides Abia, so we should not sit and watch Abia became one thing else.
“All around the world, safety is not 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 obligatory actions.
“For the dad and mom of our kidnapped college students, we urge them to settle down and we pray along with them that their youngsters will certainly be rescued in full well being”.
On his half, the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu described the state of affairs as unacceptable and tasked safety companies 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 protected launch of the kidnapped college students.
Kalu appealed to their dad and mom, in addition to the ABSU group to be calm and optimistic, emphasizing that the combat towards kidnapping and different vices remained a collective duty 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 should undergo this emotional trauma.
“I’m not solely touched however extraordinarily disturbed by this unhappy and ugly growth. Shifting ahead all arms have to be on deck to safe the discharge of the kidnapped college students unhurt.
“On my path I’ve established contacts with the related safety companies to make sure the protection return of those college students in addition to setting up proactive measures,” he stated.
Expressing worries on the worsening insecurity in all the southeast zone, a Safety professional, Emmanuel Nsofor stated concerted effort needs to be taken to make sure the discharge of the kidnapped college students.
Nsofor canvassed enough 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 companies to additional step up methods significantly within the space of intelligence gathering to sort out 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 dad and mom 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 college authority is working assiduously with safety companies 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 way of our safety outfit is working assiduously in helping each Imo and Abia State Governments and Regulation enforcement companies 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 are going to spare no effort in guaranteeing the protection of the sufferer and our expensive college students.
“Let me guarantee you that Abia State College is protected, as workers 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 companies 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 can 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 the moment 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 accessible to us signifies that the scholars had been shifting 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 are going to 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 phase of the Okigwe-Uturu Street to forestall future incidence.
The Governor acknowledged that he was straight coordinating efforts to make sure protected return of the scholars and the others as rapidly as attainable.
In accordance with a press release on Friday, “Regulation enforcement companies of each Abia and Imo States have been mobilized to rescue the coed and all these nonetheless in custody of the abductors”.
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