Gunmen invade ABU Zaria, kidnap lecturer

Gunmen on Monday invaded Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and kidnapped a lecturer.

Solacebase reports that this is coming a day after kidnappers released nine abducted students of the French Department of the institution.

A statement by Auwalu Umar, the institution’s Director of Public Affairs, said the incident took place at Sardauna crescent on the main campus.

The university spokesperson said the lecturer was initially kidnapped along with his wife and daughter.

The statement said the wife and daughter were released “when security agents chased the kidnappers into the bush.”

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It said “At about 12:50 a.m. on Monday, 23rd November 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the university on Sardauna crescent, area BZ, main campus, Samaru, Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.

“The University security division quickly informed the operatives of the police intelligence response team that advanced to the scene following the distress call. There was an exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives. When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into the bush along with the victims.

“As the police went after them up to kasuwar Da’a village bothering the university, the kidnappers then released the wife and daughter and went away with the husband. Some empty shells were recovered from the scene.

“The inspector general of police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments, have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident,” the statement read.

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