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Kidnapped UniAbuja staff released

The three senior staff of the University of Abuja and their children who were abducted on Tuesday by suspected bandits from the Giri Quarters of the University have been rescued, and in a stable condition.

The victims were rescued following the operations of the combined security forces including the Police, DSS, Military, and University of Abuja Safety Officers.

A statement by the Head, Information and University Relations of the University, Dr. Habib Yakoob says though the abductors earlier demanded payment of three hundred million (N300, 000,000) naira ransom, the staff were rescued without any payment.

According to the statement, the University management expresses gratitude to God Almighty; the joint forces, including military, DSS, University of Abuja safety officers for the unconditional release of our staff.  

At the moment, the University community is in wild jubilation as staff and students are congratulating and hugging themselves for this good news.

The management restates its commitment to providing adequate security to the University community and will continue to work with security operatives to prevent a repeat of that ugly incident.

The Chairperson, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the institutions’ branch, Dr Kasim Umar commended authorities for securing the release of their colleagues adding that security has been beefed up in the university.

Suspected bandits had on Tuesday, October 2, 2021 abducted 4 staff, and their children.

Reporting by Adejo Daniel; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare