“We slept in the bush for three days without food and water and were on the throes of death every minute”, the only student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, abducted by gunmen on her way from school to Okigwe town last Wednesday along Okigwe-Uturu highway, Miss Jessica Onyendi, revealed.
“What I went through cannot be imagined, it’s like being in Hell”, she submitted to our reporter who spoke to her on Sunday.
Meanwhile, our reporter disclosed that the only student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, abducted in a Sienna car with other passengers by unidentified gunmen at Okigwe-Uturu highway Wednesday night, Miss Onyendi has been released. Uturu is in Abia State while Okigwe is in Imo State, Southeast of Nigeria.
This is happening as the mother of the female student profusely thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for sparing no effort in ensuring the release of her daughter and said she was denied sleep for the three days her daughter was in captivity.
Reports had it that three students of the school were abducted alongside other passengers as they journeyed from the university’s campus to Okigwe town on that fateful day; two of them escaped, leaving the female student still in the custody of the criminal gang until Saturday evening.
This was disclosed this in his official twitter handle Sunday morning, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu explained that her release was due to the combined and strenuous efforts of the government, security agents and management of the institution.
The governor expressed appreciation to God, security agents and management of ABSU for the release of the abducted student; even as he vowed that his government “will surely take justice to those involved in the kidnap”
While expressing joy on the joyous development, Ikpeazu declared, “We’ll not share the state with criminal elements”,
His tweet reads, “It is with exceedingly great joy and a very pleasant sense of relief that I announce that the only kidnapped ABSU student who was still in custody of the hoodlums that abducted some people few days ago along the Okigwe-Uturu Road has been freed. I spoke with her and …her mother minutes ago and want to thank God, our security agents and the management of ABSU for a job well done leading to this good news.
“Our administration has since taken measures to strengthen security around the area where the incident happened and even beyond it ensure security of lives and property which remains my number one assignment as Governor and it is one duty I will never take lightly.
“We will surely take justice to those who abducted our student as we will not co-habit this state with criminals.
“To God be the glory!”
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.