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Two Varsity Lecturers, Others Abducted In Abia



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Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have abducted two lecturers at Abia State University, Uturu, on Thursday evening along ABSU-Isuikwuato road in Umuahia, the state capital.

Naija News reports that the two lecturers who were robbed and kidnapped are Rev. Prof. S.O Eze of the Department of Industrial Chemistry and Don Chris Afulike of the Department of Mass Communication.

Confirming the incident, Chairperson of ABSU’s Academic Staff Union of Universities, V U. Nkemdirim, said the lecturers were travelling in their different cars when they were attacked by Fulani herdsmen.

He added that the families of the lecturers reached out to the union and the University management and various security agencies have been contacted.

He said: “After the robbery, the herdsmen took the two lecturers and some others away.

“As of now, they’ve yet to be seen. However, the Camry belonging to Dr. Chris Afulike has been seen with his phone inside the vehicle.”

Meanwhile, former Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has been released after being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Orji, the lawmaker representing Abia Central Senatorial District at the Senate, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday morning.

The former governor however denied being detained by the anti-corruption agency.

Orji stated that he was only accosted by operatives of the EFCC on his way to London for a routine medical check-up in London.

But the EFCC stated that the former governor is being questioned for his role in corrupt financial dealings while serving as governor between 2007 and 2015.

Confirming the lawmaker’s arrest, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Orji was arrested for offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

Uwujaren stated that the former governor is being probed alongside his sons, Ogbonna and Chinedu, the current Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, for misappropriation of the state funds while in office.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.