Four final year medical students of the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo state, kidnapped yesterday afternoon by unknown men, have not been found.
The students – Ayo Adeniji, Nwankwo Adaobi, Nwagwu Chizoba, and Chuma Emembolu – were abducted along the Okada-Benin expressway.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the students were kidnapped and taken away by their abductors along the road leading to the Benin expressway which has become notorious for villainy in recent times.
The university’s director of public relations, Jide Olugbon, said the school authorities are “on top of the situation”.
The police however claim ignorance of the kidnap as the Edo State police spokesperson, Anthony Airhuoyo, said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
Mr. Olugbon believes that it was a robbery and kidnap incident.
“This problem of kidnapping has been happening on that Okada-Benin express road of late,” Mr. Olugbon said. “They (kidnappers) see people who they feel are wealthy and rob them.”
“The students were kidnapped in their car on the expressway on their way to Benin after their abductors had robbed passengers in buses and let them go. But they (students) were the only ones in a car, so they took the car and kidnapped the students,” Mr. Olugbon said.
The university spokesperson refused to comment on whether the kidnappers had contacted the school or the relatives of the students. “We are dealing with precious lives,” he said in response to a question on whether the kidnappers asked for a ransom.
“These students are very dear to the university’s heart,” Mr Olugbon said, while adding, “all I can say is that the school is on top of the situation and we are in contact with the families of the students.”