The American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Adamawa State has said two women reported missing since Friday, January 27 were former students of the institution.
According to the university, Veronica Otogo and Bisola Mohammed graduated from the institution years back and were declared missing in Abuja, not kidnapped from the university campus in Yola as reported by some gossip blogs.
Spokesperson of the university, Daniel Okereke, in a press statement on Monday said no student of the institution was missing.
“By several accounts, the incident involving the ladies, who graduated from AUN some years back, took place in Abuja and not in Yola,” Mr. Okereke said in the statement.
“While we join friends and well-wishers in praying for the early reunion of our former students with their families, the fact is there is no student missing from American University of Nigeria.”
There are reports that the two women could have been abducted along with a male friend identified as Damilola Oribuyaku, in Wuse II, Abuja.
Otogo, according to The Punch, was said to have marked her 24th birthday on Friday and had gone to Cold Stone, a creamery on Kumasi Crescent Wuse II, with Mohammed around 6pm.
A Honda CRV owned by Oribuyaku was reportedly found near the place with a broken windscreen which gave an impression that the three friends had met and were abducted at the spot.
Police Public Relations Officer for the FCT Command, ASP Anjuguri Menzah, said investigations had commenced into the case.
He said, “We received a report of a case of missing persons. We have opened up investigations at various divisions where complaints were lodged. The command’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department is coordinating the investigation process.”