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Gunmen abduct deputy vice-chancellor of Abia State University


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Gunmen have abducted the deputy vice-chancellor of Abia State University, Professor Godwin Emezue.

The victim was reportedly kidnapped from a petrol station at Umuekwule, Amachara, a community in Umuahia South local government area of Abia State.

Maureen Chinaka, the spokesperson of Abia State police command, confirmed the abduction in a statement issued on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Kenechukwu Onwuemelie.

Part of the statement reads, “On 26/01/2024, at about 9.30 p.m., the Abia State Police Command received information that on the same date, at about 7 p.m., the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Uturu ABSU, ProfGodwin Emezue, while in the company of his wife in their vehicle, was abducted by hoodlums while purchasing fuel at a petrol station in Umuopara, Umuahia South LGA.

“During the incident, the hoodlums confiscated his wife’s ATM card, dragged the Deputy Vice-Chancellor into a Lexus SUV, and drove away with the victim.

“The Abia State Police Command is deploying resources and assets including intelligence and technical aid towards unravelling the crime, and safely rescuing the victim from his captors.”

The statement noted that the police urged “Abians to remain calm and continue their legitimate activities while maintaining vigilance and being security conscious

“Furthermore, we seek the cooperation of the public, especially by way of providing any useful information that could be helpful in these particular circumstances, and in attaining enhanced security in the state, generally.”

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