Gunmen attack College Provost, injure two in Ebonyi - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Gunmen attack College Provost, injure two in Ebonyi

By Our Correspondent

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers ambushed the convoy of Prof Okey Reuben Okechukwu, the Provost of the newly established Federal College of Education, Technical, Isu, in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The ugly incident occurred near the boundary of Isu Onicha Local Government Area and Agba in Ishielu LGA of the State.

It was gathered that Prof. Okechukwu was in a Mercedes Jeep with registration number: Abj371 TS leading a Convoy of about five vehicles from his office at the temporary site of the college in Isu back to Abakaliki, after close of work, when the incident happened.

Also in the car with the provost was the College Librarian, Mr. Lawal Shuaibu, a police orderly, two aides to the provost and the driver. 

Eye witnesses narrated that the incident occurred when the convoy was moving on the Agba bridge, where sand sacks were used to block the road.

"A young unarmed man sprang out, waving down the car, while suddenly a group of gun armed men trooped out from nearby bush aiming at car.

"As the driver attempted to reverse, they (kidnappers) opened fire on the provost’s car and the car swerved into the bush, but the first gun shot hit the Librarian, Mr. Shuabu at back of his neck, while the second wounded the driver on the forehead.

"While inside the bush, the occupants of the car opened the doors and ran for their lives as another bullet hit Mr. shuabu again at shoulder and he fall down crawling away. 

"The driver who finds a track road met another group who mobbed him with stones and sticks till the sudden arrival of team of police men from Isu division of Nigerian Police, who rescued and took him to hospital at Isu."

 It was gathered that the second vehicle was a Tundra van conveying TETFUND Consultants from Abuja who came to oversee bid opening in the College, which reverse immediately to Isu Police Division to alert the police. 

Following the report, the Police swiftly swung into action and disorganized the assailants.

According to another witness, the third vehicle in the convoy was a Toyota Camry conveying some staff of the college; the car drove very near to the scene and received a gunshot that blew off one of the front tyres but knock down one of the assailants while reversing to Isu community.

"Before the arrival of Police team from Isu and subsequent arrival of the team from the State Command, Abakaliki, the hoodlums had already looted and burnt down the Mercedes Jeep. 

"Fortunately, the police teams combed the bushes and rescued the provost, the Librarian and the police orderly while the other two aides to the provost escaped through the river to Agba Community from where they were assisted back to Abakaliki. "

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