Child Kidnap, Rituals Return In Imo As Schools Are Shut Indefinitely




and primary schools in Imo State Wednesday and Thursday closed shops following

reports of cases of child kidnap.



reports had it that child kidnapping and ritual killings have returned in the

state, a development that has sent fears into many homes especially in the

rural areas.



by reveal that the panic that greeted the schools and led to

their hurried closure was reports in some churches in Orlu Catholic Diocese

last Sunday that some four school children were kidnapped and killed with their

vital parts said to have been taken away by their kidnappers.



on Monday, rumours had it that a tricycle (keke) operator who usually takes

children of a family to school, disappeared with the three children and since

then had not been traced.



on Tuesday, there was pandemonium across the state as news of seven children

kidnapped while on their way to school, putted the people of the state who were

clearly put on red alert.



same Tuesday, rumours, in Owerri had it that at Amaraku in Isiala Mbano LGA,

Amaigbo and Owerre Nkworji communities in Nwangele and Nkwerre Local Government

Areas respectively, gunmen were said to have invaded primary schools in the

areas, thereby forcing parents and guardians to withdraw their kids from

schools. The rumors did not abate even after the state commissioner of police

on Tuesday assured the people of the state to rather on Wednesday in Ohii

community in Owerri West LGA, gunmen were said to have abducted school children

on their way to school.



rumours forced the school administrators to close the schools on Wednesday,

while most parents stopped their children from going to schools and locked them

inside against the prowling eyes of the kidnappers.



at the time of filing this report (Thursday), most schools in the

state-especially in Orlu, Njaba, Nkwerre, Mbailo, Nwangele and Isiala Mbano

council areas were under lock and key with no teachers and pupils in them.



in a release on Thursday the state PPRO, Mrs. Joy

Elomoko, said the rumours were false and unfounded.



to help, there was no killing of nor kidnapping of school children in any part

of the state.



urged the people of the state to go about their normal business and ignore the




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here