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UNIABUJA: Police beat ASUU’s ultimatum, rescue abducted professor, children, others

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has rescued the six abducted persons from the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) on Friday according to a statement by the FCT Command.

The FCT Police Command spokesperson, DSP Adeh Joesphine, who confirmed the rescue said all the victims were rescued through the joint operation with other security agencies and that they have been reunited with their families.

Gunmen suspected to be bandits had on Tuesday attacked the staff quarters of the University abducting a professor of Economics, his children, and others; all totalling 6.

The gunmen on Thursday demanded N50 million ransom for each person, totalling N300 million.

Furious by the development, the members of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) gave the Federal Government a 48-hour ultimatum to rescue the victims.

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Meanwhile, about 24 hours after the gunmen stormed the University’s staff quarters, a similar incident was reported by a lecturer who escaped another attack.

The lecturer, Dr David Okoroafor, in a letter to ASUU said, “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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