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Gunmen abduct UNN final year student


Many people are concerned about the disappearance of John Udochukwu Elekwachi, a final-year Combined Social Sciences student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

According to reports, Elekwachi, a campus blogger, was hand-picked by some unidentified armed guys last Monday in the middle of the night at his lodge. This comes just a few days after he finished his final year examination.

Uchendu, Elekwachi’s elder sister, who spoke on the telephone on Sunday, said she got a distress call that her brother was taken away by some men. She disclosed concern about the incident stating that the family had not received any update regarding the victim’s whereabouts.

Uchendu said, “I was in Port Harcourt on Tuesday when they called me. The landlady said some unknown men came to my brother’s lodge with four Hilux and one Jeep by 3 a.m., and took him away on Monday. Since then, we have not heard from him, and those people have not called since then.

“I have gone to report in various places. We went to the Enugu State Criminal Investigation Department, the Department of Security Services, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to make complaints, but they said he was not there. I have not been myself since then.”

The incident was also confirmed in a statement released on Sunday by the Executive Council of the combined Social Sciences Students Association (Comssa), UNN chapter, co-signed by the President, Okonkwo Richard, and the General Secretary, Obolo Mmesoma.

The statement partly reads,” It is with concern that we announce that our classmate, Elekwachi John U (John El), has been reported missing. He was last seen on April 15, 2024, at his lodge in the Green House.

“An eyewitness gave an alleged account of John being taken away by armed men who arrived with four Hilux trucks, but the name of the agency was not disclosed.

“We are working closely with the authorities and John’s family to ensure his safe return. If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please, contact UNN security or any federal agency immediately.”

As of the time of filing this report. When our correspondent contacted Enugu Police Command spokesperson, Daniel Ndukwe, on Sunday, he did not respond to his calls or neither to response to the text messages sent to his telephone line.

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