BREAKING: Unknown gunmen invade Kogi university, abduct dozens of students

Some unknown gunmen have invaded the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTEC) in Okene area of Kogi State.

Eyewitnesses say the armed men invaded the university around 9pm on Thursday, May 9, abducting dozens of students who were preparing for their exams.

An eyewitness who craved anonymity said that the bandits came in through the bush, went into three lecture halls and began to shoot into the air.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

According to the source, the students were preparing for their first semester examination expected to commence on Monday, May 13, when the bandits struck.

A student who spoke on the condition of anonymity noted that he and some colleagues ran to the bush and hid there for over an hour”

“We only ventured out when everywhere became quiet,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdulraman Asipita, confirmed the incident but did not give details of the attack.

“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.

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