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Armed Gang Abducts Six from University of Abuja

The abduction in the university came few months after police raised an alarm about possible attack on the school and other tertiary institutions in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

Two University of Abuja professors, three senior lecturers, and a teenager have been abducted by suspected terrorists at the university’s quarters near Gwagwalada early Tuesday morning, Nov. 2.

The university is located in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The abductors invaded the school’s senior staff quarters located at Giri, Gwagwalada Area Council at about 1 a.m. WAT after breaching security apparatus there.

Habib Yakoob, the university’s spokesperson, confirmed the incident to HumAngle.

He could not provide full details of the attack and the names of other kidnap victims.

“Our  safety officers, in conjunction with security personnel, have been mobilised to secure the quarters,” he said.  

“Efforts are being made to ensure their safe return.”

Josephine Adeh, the police spokesperson for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said a joint rescue operation between the police and the troops of the 176 Brigadier had been launched.

In June, the police put the school and other tertiary institutions in the FCT on red alert, warning that escalating kidnapping incidents might soon simmer in the area.

The police had also, in May, directed nine public and privately owned universities, polytechnic and college of education located in and around the territory to reduce their academic activities to a ‘minimal level’ to forestall inadvertently and unduly exposing their students and staff to present danger of kidnapping by insurgents and bandits.

The directive came as unusual movements of persons suspected to have terrorism links were spotted in the FCT from Shiroro town in Niger state.

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Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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