No fewer than nine construction workers at the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State have been abducted by yet-to-be-identified bandits.
The bandits in the early hours of Friday, reportedly kidnapped a significant number of students of the same varsity.
According to one of the construction workers, identified as Ibrahim Mohammed, the assailants stormed the institution in the early hours of Friday, riding on motorcycles.
They were said to have immediately broken into the building where the construction workers were sleeping and abducted them.
The construction worker, while explaining how he escaped abduction, added he was able to jump over the window and took to his heels.
He said, “When they broke into the building, they told us to come out and follow them.
“I was looking at the way to escape, then suddenly I jumped over the window and one of the bandits fired a shot but could not get me.”
All efforts to get comments from the university authorities proved abortive.
However, one of the security officers of the institution who preferred anonymity stated that he couldn’t talk about the development.
He said, “Please bear with us. I am one of the security officers of this university.
“You know what happened with regard to the abduction of our students and the construction workers.
In another news, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Imo State has confirmed that three persons died while others were injured after two fully loaded 18-seater buses got involved in a head-on collision.
The crash occurred along the Ngor-Okpala axis of the Owerri-Aba Expressway on Wednesday.
FRSC’s Unit Head for the Ngor-Okpala council area, Mrs Angela Fagbemide who stated this said it was a case of high impact head-on collision, as one of the bus drivers veered off his lane and blocked the approach of the other driver coming from an opposite direction, leading to the collision.
She said, “Our men rushed 11 victims to a nearby hospital where three persons were confirmed dead. Two others are still receiving treatment at the hospital whereas the families of the others have transferred them to hospitals closer to where they reside.
“Seven persons were rushed to the Federal University Teaching Hospital, Owerri, and are receiving treatment; some with minor injuries have been discharged,” she said.
She advised motorists to obey driving rules so as to avoid accidents, especially as the year ends and its accompanying festivities approach.
She further disclosed that the FRSC also returned a cash sum of N1,346,250 million and other valuable personal effects to families of victims of the road crash.
A family member of one of the victims, Miss Chiamaka Emerenwa, thanked the FRSC for rallying support for the victims.