by Stanley Azuakola
Staff and students of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, are worried about the rising state of insecurity in Okada, especially as they appear to be the targets for the criminals.
Yesterday, at about noon, four final year medical students of the private institution were kidnapped as they embarked on a trip from Okada to the state capital, Benin.
Reports say that the armed assailants stopped the students, who had just finished a test in school, on the Okada-Benin Express way and ordered them to lie down. After they had asked them one after the other what their name were, they then proceeded to kidnap four of them namely Ayo Adeniji, Nwankwo Adaobi, Nwagwu Chizoba, and Chuma Emembolu.
From the others left in the bus, they only stole money, not even mobile phones were taken.
Curiously, it seems that the kidnappers didn’t retrieve the handsets even from the four kidnapped students, as calls to their mobile lines still went through. However, the students after picking refused to speak, implying that they were under instructions not to.
This is the second kidnap of Igbinedion University students in two months. In addition, there have been several incidences of car theft from the premises of the school’s teaching hospital.