Three teachers of the Ohorhe Secondary School in the Uvwie Local Government of Delta State have been reportedly abducted by armed men in military uniform.
The gunmen were said to have stormed the school premises on Tuesday in a Highlander Jeep, went to the school staff room and whisked away the three teachers.
NewsNet learnt that the situation caused pandemonium as gunmen suspected to be kidnappers fired shots in the air as they made away with the victims.
It was also gathered that the gunmen parked in the school premises for over 15 minutes before carrying out the action.
Sources in the school say that the school management had thought that the gunmen were real military personnel since they were dressed in their uniform.
The kidnappers were identified numbering four but three of them stormed the staff room with sophisticated guns to abduct the three teachers.
An eyewitness account said: “I was in the village. I was sitting with my two brothers. I am not living here. I came for a visit. The next minute, what we heard was: kidnappers, kidnappers.
“So we ran down to the school. Before getting there, the kidnappers have already gone.
“Then we went to meet the teachers and they started explaining that some gunmen, they came into the school in army uniform that they drove in one gold coloured Highlander.
“When they came, they parked. After some time, they came down. They entered the staff room wielding guns. They abducted two teachers.
“When our community boys heard the shout of kidnappers, they started running towards the direction of the school. They met the Highlander coming out of the school premises and they pointed a gun at the boys.
“The boys ran down there with their empty hands, no cutlass, no wood, and nothing; so they had to back off as there was nothing they could do in that situation.
“They started shouting to draw attention as the school is close to the road. Before others came, the kidnappers are already gone.”
The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident, saying the command has launched efforts to rescue the victims.
Sources: NIGER DELTA TODAY ONLINE & ADVOCATE