Academic activities have been brought to standstill after five teachers were on Monday, October 12, 2015 abducted by a group of unknown gunmen at the Government Secondary School, Agba-Ndele in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State around 11am.
A member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, serving in Ndele community of the state was also abducted by the hoodlums.
Two female teachers, one identified as Ogechi Mbadike and two male teachers also made the list of the kidnapped victims.
All the six victims according to Vanguard, are from the Universal Basic Education, UBE, section of the school.
A source in the school who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that the abductors invaded the school environment and abducted about six teachers.
He said two women and a corps member were among the teachers whisked away by the unidentified gunmen.
He said one of the persons who was also kidnapped that would have brought the numbers of the victims to six was later found by the river bank where he was dumped after he was beaten and fatally wounded by the kidnappers.
The victim identified only as Mr. Okwukwe, said the gunmen met him in class and ordered him out of the class at gunpoint.
He said, “When I noticed that they want to take us away I protest. Because I was insisting that I will not go with them they started beating me.”
“They used their gun to heat me and I started bleeding. As they were beating me a boat came from hiding and they asked us to enter the boat, but one of them who was acting like the leader asked them to leave me that he does not want me to die in their hands.”
A resident of Agba-Ndele community, whose identity was withheld, said that his cousin was among the victims of the kidnap.
He regretted that the gunmen kidnapped poor teachers who were rendering service to the nation, adding that the kidnappers had yet to establish any contact with family members of the victims.
The mother of one of the victims, Mrs. Mbadike pleaded for the safe release of her daughter who according to her, has health issues which is not suitable for tension.
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, confirmed the development, adding that efforts are ongoing to ensure the victims are released safely.