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Gunmen abduct three final year students in Bayelsa

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Gunmen have reportedly abducted three final year students of the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology in Ogbia local government area of the state.

The students who are from the department of Environmental Health Sciences were reportedly taken hostage at about 11:00 a.m. on Monday near the same spot where two policemen were killed last month.

Eyewitnesses told journalists on Tuesday that the students were walking along the road when they were abducted by the gunmen and whisked to an unknown location.

One of the eyewitnesses said: “The girls were walking to their hostel from school when some men appeared from the bush and accosted them. They seized them and took them to an unknown place. They must have been armed. They took the girls across the river.

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“The landlady of one of the abducted students came to the campus with a pair of the girl’s sandals. We saw her crying and appealing to the school authority to rescue the victims.”

However, the state police command said the matter has not been reported by the school authorities.

The command’s spokesman, Butswat Asinim, simply said: The matter has not been reported to the command’s headquarters in Yenagoa.”

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