Kidnappers storm ABU, abduct father, mother and daughter in fresh operation

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ZARIA – In what seems fast becoming a sort of epidemic, bandits again struck in the far north this time at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), one of Nigeria’s premier universities where they spirited away an entire family from the staff quarters in Zaria.

In the daredevil attack, which is becoming an everyday story, the bandits were said to have abducted a staff, his and daughter in the incident which occurred barely 24 hours after nine students of the university, kidnapped on Kaduna-Abuja highway last Sunday regained freedom.

Malam Auwalu Umar, spokesman of the institution, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday, said operatives engaged the kidnappers in of fire, but added that the two were released when the chased the kidnappers into the bush.

Umar, University’s Director of Public Affairs, said: “At about 12:50am 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 him along his and daughter.

“The University Division quickly informed the operatives of the Intelligence that advanced to the scene following the distress call.

“There was an of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile operatives. When was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into the bush along the victims.

“As the went after them up to Kasuwar Da’a village bordering the University, the kidnappers then released the and the daughter and went away 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 Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kabir Bala, urges the University community to remain calm and vigilant to avoid the recurrence of the incident.”