The Kogi State Government has confirmed the abduction of nine students from the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Okene. The incident occurred on Thursday night when bandits stormed the university premises, instilling fear and chaos among the students.

Governor Usman Ododo has assured the people of the state that every effort is being made to secure the safe return of the abducted students. The victims, who were diligently preparing for their upcoming exams, were taken captive after armed bandits infiltrated the campus around 9 p.m.

According to reports, the assailants entered the university through the bush, forcefully entered three lecture halls, and began firing shots into the air, causing panic and confusion among the students.

In response to the alarming situation, the State Governor activated the security apparatus to track down the kidnappers and ensure the swift rescue of the abducted students. Security forces, including local hunters familiar with the terrain, have been deployed to comb the area and secure the release of the missing students.

“The Kogi State Government received a very disturbing news…that the Confluence University of Science and Technology was invaded by kidnappers,” stated Kingsley Fanwo, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications.

The statement further emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of all Kogi State students, parents, and residents. Governor Ododo has directed security agents to intensify surveillance around all tertiary institutions in the state to prevent further incidents.

Amid the crisis, the government commended the bravery and dedication of security operatives and local hunters who swiftly responded to confront the kidnappers. Their heroic efforts prevented a dire outcome and underscored the collective resolve to combat regional insecurity.

“We won’t submit to terror. We shall prevail,” concluded the statement, reiterating the government’s unwavering determination to secure the safe release of the abducted students and bring the perpetrators to justice.