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Nigeria: Gunmen abducts school principal in Akwa Ibom

Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday abducted Mrs Lakshmi Tombush, the principal of Mobil Pegasus Schools, Eket, in Akwa Ibom State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that a police orderly attached to the victim and her driver were shot dead and abandoned in her car on Grace Bill road in Eket.

It was learnt the gunmen overtook and blocked the victim’s car, abducted her and sped off in their car to an unknown destination in the early hours of Wednesday.

Akwa Ibom State Police Command spokesman, ASP Onyeka Orji, told NAN on the telephone from Uyo that the police were already on the trail of the hoodlums.

The police spokesman added that investigation into the matter was in progress.

Orji expressed regret over the death of the officer in the incident but assured Nigerians that the perpetrators of the act would soon be apprehended and brought to book.

Security sources in Eket also confirmed the incident, but said that the kidnappers had yet to establish contact with the family of their hostage or demand any ransom.

The remains of the slain driver and police orderly have been removed from the scene of crime and deposited at the Immanuel Hospital mortuary in Eket in Akwa Ibom.

Tombush manages Pegasus Schools, funded by Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), the operator of the MPN/NNPC Joint Venture in Akwa Ibom State, for staff children and some members of its host communities as part of its social responsibilities.