According to reports, Gunmen have kidnapped some passengers including students of the Abia State University Uturu ( ABSU)
The gunmen attacked a shuttle bus conveying the passengers along Okigwe-Uturu Road on Tuesday and killed the driver.
This comes two days after seven students of Abia State University were kidnapped along the same route.
The seven students were kidnapped on their way back to school around 6:pm on Sunday, May 15, along Okigwe-Uturu in a Siena vehicle.
One of the identified victims of the Sunday incident has been identified as Emmanuel Nzubechukwu Ubani, a 200 level Business Administration student who hails from Umuakpor Ovungwo in Isiala Ngwa South LGA, Abia State.
Meanwhile, the Abia State government, in a statement signed by Barr Eze Chikamnayo, Honourable Commisioner for Information and Strategy, Abia State, expressed sadness over the incident, calls for calm, promises maximum security.
Statement reads in part; “Abia State Government has been informed of yet another incident of senseless kidnapping and unfortunate death of innocent citizens especially students around the ABSU – UTURU- OKIGWE axis and Umunneochi – Ihube Area occasioned by the criminal activities of mindless terrorists.
Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu is a very proactive, security conscious Leader who over the years has proven through visible results that the safety and welfare of all Abians and Nigerians is his topmost priority.
We, as a Government, are saddened by this ugly development around our Boundaries with Imo State and are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that normalcy is quickly restored .
However, we may not for operational reasons be able to go into further details at this time so as to safeguard the processes already put in place by our hardworking Security Agencies and Government Authorities.
Governor Ikpeazu assures all our Citizens of his total commitment in the aforementioned regard while urging all to remain calm and maintain the peace.”