Uturu, the only student of Abia State University (ABSU), who was still held captive by a criminal gang while travelling along the Okigwe-Uturu Road, has been released.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu announced it on his official Twitter account, @GovernorIkpeazu, this evening.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed joy at the development, thanking God, security forces, and the management of ABSU for the abducted student’s release. He also promised that those responsible for the kidnapping would face justice, and that he would not share the State with criminal elements.
The full text of his tweet is as follows:
“It is with great joy and relief that I announce that the only kidnapped ABSU student who was still in the custody of the hoodlums who abducted some people along the Okigwe-Uturu Road a few days ago has been released. I just spoke with her and her mother a few minutes ago, and I’d like to thank God, our security officers, and ABSU management for a job well done that resulted in this good news.
“Since then, our administration has taken steps to beef up security in the region where the incident occurred, as well as ensure the safety of people and property, which remains my top priority as Governor and is a responsibility I will never shirk. We will certainly bring those who kidnapped our student to justice, as we will not live in this state with criminals.”
A number of students were kidnapped while riding a bus on Okigwe-Uturu Road, but the exact number has yet to be verified.
Meanwhile, Professor O. M. Ogbulu, Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, announced that two of the students had fled the hoodlums, although one was still being kept captive.
In a press conference held in Umuahia on Friday, the Vice-Chancellor told journalists that the school administration was working diligently with security agencies to ensure the release of the students and the prosecution of the perpetrators.
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