Two lecturers of Abia State University, Uturu, were kidnapped on Thursday evening by unknown armed men suspected to be herdsmen along ABSU-Isuikwuato Road.
This was disclosed by Chairperson of ABSU Academic Staff Union of Universities, V. U. Nkemdirim, who said the incident took place about 6.00 pm.
The lecturers involved were Rev. Prof. S.O Eze, a don in the Department of Industrial Chemistry and a Methodist minister as well as Don Chris Afulike of the Department of Mass Communication.
Nkemdirim said the duo was travelling in their different cars when they ran into Fulani herdsmen, who were robbing vehicles on the highway.
“After the robbery, the herdsmen took the two lecturers and some other victims away.
“As of now, they’re yet to be seen. However, the Camry belonging to Dr. Chris Afulike has been seen with his phone inside the vehicle,” the lecturer said.
The ABSU ASUU boss noted that the families of the lecturers confirmed the incident, and the University management has been involved in the matter.
He also said ASUU national body and necessary security agencies have been contacted.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident but said only one lecturer is still in captivity.
He said that the other victims had been rescued, adding that efforts were ongoing to also rescue the remaining victims.