Abia govt reacts to attack on Marist students
The Government of Abia State has expressed sadness over report of an attack on commuters by hoodlums operating along Ihube, Okigwe LGA of Imo State.
It was gathered that some students of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, were attacked by hoodlums while returning from a religious programme on Saturday in Imo State.
A statement by the state government also confirmed the unfortunate loss of one Master Ede Donald and said that three students sustained injuries during the attack.
The Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu while reacting to the incident stated that Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede, to liaise with her counterpart in Imo State to swiftly arrest the hoodlums and bring them to justice.
Kalu also said the three students who sustained injuries from the attack have been treated and discharged while the parents of Master Ede Donald have been contacted.
“While we commiserate with parents of the deceased, students, staff and management of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, over this unfortunate incident in our neighboring state, we condemn in totality the attempt by agents of opposition political actors in our state whose stock in trade is spreading fake news to diminish the state.”
Report had claimed that gunmen reportedly kidnapped some students of the Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU)
But Kalu said the circulating report sponsored by unconscionable individuals is not only untrue but also wicked.
According to him, the report is a creation of the evil minds of those who are ready to do anything in pursuit of their selfish objectives against the overall interests of the State.
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“The management of Abia State University, including the Vice Chancellor, Prof Maxwell Ogbulu, has confirmed that no student of the institution was abducted yesterday as against fake reports obviously sponsored by these elements.
“We shall however continue to update Abians on issues affecting the State and her people with sincerity of purpose.”
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