Speaking to Premium Times, the State Police PRO, Odiko MacDon, revealed that one of the abducted female students was however rescued immediately by the police though with a gunshot wound on her shoulder. She has however been taken to the hospital for treatment.
“Police is on the trail of the abductors,” the police spokesperson said.
Following the incident, students of the school embarked on a peaceful march within the campus in the morning to protest the abduction of their colleagues. They were addressed by the Vice Chancellor, Udoudo Ekanemesang, who appealed to them to remain calm while the incident was being investigated.
The 18-year-old Obong University is one of the two private universities in Akwa Ibom State. Etim Ekpo, where the university is located, is among the four local government areas mostly affected by cult-related killings and violence in the state.
Few months ago, it was also reported that four final year medical students of the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo state, kidnapped by unknown men, were yet to be found. The students – Ayo Adeniji, Nwankwo Adaobi, Nwagwu Chizoba, and Chuma Emembolu – were abducted along the Okada-Benin expressway.
It was gathered that the students were kidnapped and taken away by their abductors along the road leading to the Benin expressway which has become notorious for villainy in recent times. The university’s director of public relations, Jide Olugbon, said the school authorities are “on top of the situation”.
The police however claim ignorance of the kidnap as the Edo State police spokesperson, Anthony Airhuoyo, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident. Mr. Olugbon believes that it was a robbery and kidnap incident.