Bandits attack Kogi Varsity, abduct students

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The serene academic environment of Kogi State University of Science and Technology, Osara was thrown into pandemonium on Thursday night as gunmen struck and abducted some students.

According to report, the students who were preparing for their first semester examinations scheduled to commence on Monday were studying in their classes when the gunmen struck.

The gallantry of the university’s security men who confronted the attackers was said to be responsible for the fewer number students abducted.

While confirming the incident, the state government in a statement said 9 students were abducted

The statement signed by the Commissioner of Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo assured the University Community and people of the state that the government is committed to ensuring the safe return of the abducted students.

“Immediately the report was received, Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo activated the security architecture to track the kidnappers and ensure that the abducted students are rescued and the abductors apprehended”.

According to him, “Hundreds of local hunters who understand the terrain as well as the conventional security agents are currently combing the area to ensure safe rescue of the abducted students who were kidnapped in the classrooms.

“We wish to assure students, parents and the entire people of Kogi State that the Government is on top of the situation and all the abducted students will be rescued alive.

“Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has also directed that security agents be positioned around all tertiary institutions in the State , We wish to commend the local hunters and other security agents who rose stoutly to engage the kidnappers”.

“Their gallantry and dedication ensured that the kidnappers did not have a field day which would have been more calamitous. The State Government will spare nothing in ensuring that all the students abducted are safely rescued and reunited with their families. We won’t submit to terror. We shall prevail”. He added.

Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, CP, in the state, Bethrand Onuoha while speaking with Journalists at the main University Campus, Osara, during his visit as a result of the incident, gave an assurance that the Police will not relent in the ongoing search to rescue the students arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Meanwhile,some of the students who spoke with our Correspondent on campus put the number of students missing as of this morning at over than 20.

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