Gunmen suspected to be cultists have abducted three female students of the Obong University in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The gunmen, who stormed the institution around 12:48am on Friday, also reportedly robbed some students, shooting indiscriminately to resist a reprisal from security agents.

One of the abducted students was said to have been shot by the assailants.

A student of the institution, who did not want to be named, confirmed the abduction of three students.

She said the school had been shut, adding that students protested against the inability of the university authorities to protect them.

She explained that the protesting students denied the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ekanem Esang, access to the school campus.

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The student said, “The militants kidnapped three of our students. They robbed many of us while several others were injured. The school has been shut. We will not allow the VC to enter the campus since the school has refused to provide security for us.”

Police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, who also confirmed the incident said one of the abducted students was, however, rescued immediately by the police.

MacDon, a deputy superintendent of police, said the rescued student has gunshot wound on her shoulder and has been taken to the hospital for treatment.

“Police is on the trail of the abductors,” the police spokesperson said.

The 18-year-old Obong University is one of the two private universities in Akwa Ibom State.

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