Fear Strikes Kogi University as Bandits Storm Campus, Abduct Student

Bandits infiltrated the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTEC) campus in Osara, Okene, Kogi, on Thursday night and abducted several students.

According to an eyewitness, the bandits raided the campus at approximately 9:00 p.m. while students were preparing for their upcoming exams.

The witness stated that the bandits entered the university premises through the bush, entered three lecture halls, and fired shots into the air, causing panic among the students.

“They trapped the students inside the halls and started taking them; the school was thrown into total confusion as fear-stricken students in other halls scurried to safety, scampering in various directions.

The local security guards and conventional security personnel at the gate confronted the bandits, which minimized further harm. However, they had already succeeded in abducting some students by then.

“By the time local security guards and the conventional security men at the gate engaged the bandits, they had already succeeded in abducting some students.

“But the efforts minimised the damage as the attackers didn’t go beyond the first three halls,” the source said.

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According to source, the incident occurred as students were preparing for their first-semester examinations scheduled to commence Monday, May 13.

One student, who requested anonymity, disclosed that he and his peers sought refuge in the bush for over an hour until the situation calmed down.

“We were in hiding for more than an hour, We only ventured out when everywhere became quiet,” he said.

When contacted, CUSTEC Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulrahman Asipita, acknowledged the incident but declined to disclose the number of abducted students.

“I don’t talk to journalists on incidents like this, but I want you to know that we are on top of the situation,” he said.

Efforts to reach Kogi’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Bethrand Onuoha, proved futile.

After calls and messages to the State Security Adviser, Retired Cadre Jerry Omodara, no answer came about the incident.

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