our students of the Delta State University, Abraka, and five other travellers have been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on the Abraka-Eku Road in the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday.
The abducted students were identified as Arogbo Seyifunmi, Azunobi Prosper, Miracle Robert, all 500-level students of the Department of Chemistry, and Adegor Aghogho Happiness, a 500-level student of Electrical Engineering.
The identities of the other five victims had yet to be ascertained as of press time.
It was learnt that the students recently concluded their final examinations and were travelling home when they were attacked.
A statement by the student union of the institution described the incident as shameful.
The statement read in part, “It is very shameful to the state government and security agencies that they have done nothing to stop the incessant attacks on students and citizens, after reports and official complaints have been made about the Eku-Abraka Expressway.”
The union called on the Delta State Government to “deploy new strategies to deal with insecurity and kidnapping in the state, especially along the Abraka-Eku Expressway.”
It urged the student community to “remain calm and not resort to actions that could further endanger the lives of the kidnapped persons, as the authorities are doing all they can to rescue the abducted students.”
“We are in constant communication with the police and the state DSS, and we are working with them to save the abducted students in the shortest time possible,” the statement added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.