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Gunmen demand N300m ransom for abducted UniAbuja Prof, children, others

Gunmen that attacked the staff quarters of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) and abducted a professor, his children and non-academic staffers have demanded a ransom of N300 million for the six abducted persons; 50 million for each victim.

The gunmen had stormed the staff quarters of UNIABUJA in the early hours of Tuesday.

Giving an update on the incident, the police said; “They demanded N50 million naira for each person; they have contacted the family but that is all we know for now,” one source said.

“They got in touch with the family, the parents of the abducted children were contacted. We learnt they are asking for N300 million for all of them”.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Babaji Sunday, who confirmed the incident said he had dispatched additional tactical and conventional policing resources to UNIABUJA main and satellite campuses.

He said he has also directed the operatives to man the staff quarters and other affiliate formations of the university, to fortify security, improve public safety and protect citizens in and around the university community.

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Meanwhile, barely 24 hours after the incident, gunmen Wednesday again invaded the school attacking a lecturer, Dr David Okoroafor, in his office around 10 am.

Dr Okoroafor said, “Dear ASUU members and UNIABUJA Community, I wish to formally bring to your notice that today, Wednesday (3/11/2021) I was attacked in my office located at Room 6, 1st floor, Faculty of Social building, at permanent site.

“At exactly 10 am, when I arrived the building, opened my office and began to pray in my usual way, suddenly two men brandishing weapon bunched into the office and ordered me to lay down flat on my face or they blew me up.

“I pounced on them and the gun. But the duo started to hit me hard. I began to shout on the top of my voice for help. When my voice went higher, they ran out and students pursued after them. But when they brandished their gun, the students became afraid and ran back, giving them room to escape into the bush.

“But during the scuffle in my office, their car key fell off which I picked and handed over to the University security unit.”

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