Confluence University abducted students rescued – Kogi Govt

Kogi APC governorship candidate Usman Ahmed Ododo

Kogi Governor Usman Ahmed Ododo

The students of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, who were abducted by unknown gunmen on Thursday, have been rescued by the security agents.

The students were kidnapped while on campus preparing for their first semester exams, scheduled to start on Monday.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement in Lokoja, on Sunday, confirmed that the students were rescued hours after Governor Ododo visited the campus and promised to rescue the students unhurt.

He commended the gallantry efforts of all the security agents who went all out to rescue the students from their abductors, saying the unknown gunmen were confronted with superior power that made them abandon their victims.

As at the time of filing this report, Kogi State Police Command has yet to issue any statement on the new development, as Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) SP William Ovye Aya, has not responded to our correspondent calls.

NAN reports that the bandits on Thursday night invaded CUSTEC and abducted the students.

An eyewitness account indicated that the bandits swooped on the university around 9.00 p.m. while the students were reading for their upcoming exams.

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The source said that the bandits came in through the bush, went into three lecture halls and began to shoot into the air to scare the students.

The bandits thereafter started grabbing the students trapped inside the three halls.

NAN also reports that the school was thrown into total confusion as fear-stricken students in other halls scurried to safety in different directions.

Brave local security guards and the conventional security men at the gate were said to have engaged the bandits, though they were able to abduct some students.

That effort minimised the damage as the attackers did not go beyond the first three halls.

The students were preparing for their first semester examination expected to commence on Monday, 13 May when the bandits struck.

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