Two students of the Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, whose identities were yet to be ascertained, have reportedly escaped by their abductors.
The Country learnt others were still being held with the kidnappers.
It was not clear whether the students were the target of the gunmen.
A source said on Thursday that the students were one of the occupants of a minibus going for Uturu out of Okigwe in Imo State.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident, which has thrown the ABSU community to distress, happened between 7 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday.
Information Commissioner Mr. John Okiyi-Kalu, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the phone, said the students were attacked by gunmen at Imo State and not Abia as being theorized on the societal and mainstream media homes (maybe not The Country ).
Okiyi-Kalu, who noted that the Abia State Government is tracking development on the episode, said the two pupils escaped from their captors when they (students) were marched to a woods with other travellers.
“We’re working together with all the Imo State Government and safety agencies in both states to be sure the rescue of the others.
“The public and ABSU community are advised to remain calm, as we’ll spare no funds in ensuring the safety of the victims.
“No criminal operating in our environment will be allowed to escape prosecution. We take the job of protecting property and lives of Abians and visitors very badly,” he said.