Mass Kidnapping at University

Mass Kidnapping at University

( – Nigeria has suffered from instability in various areas following spikes in criminal activity. Law enforcement is having trouble keeping the peace. Serious crime has now found its way into the University of Abuja.

In the early hours of November 2, gunmen entered the university and kidnapped at least six people. They invaded the university’s quarter for senior staff members, abducting economics professor Obansa Joseph, his two children, and other residents. University spokesman Habib Yakoob confirmed the kidnapping had taken place, saying the Nigerian federal security forces are working to save the hostages, but there are no leads on where they are currently.

A resident present during the events said the kidnappers were in the quarters for about an hour. He refused to give his name out of fear he could become the next target. There are no details as to what occurred while the gang was in the facility.

The situation is similar to the May 17 kidnapping of the University of Jos medical microbiology professor Grace Ayanbimpe and her husband. On that occasion, masked men broke into Ayanbimpe’s home. About 24 hours later, authorities found the couple unharmed. Hopefully, the University of Abuja abductees have the same happy ending.

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