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College Provost Abducted In Northwest Nigeria Regains Freedom

A college provost who was abducted in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria has been released.

Habibu Mainasara, Provost of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science (CAAS), Bakura in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria who was abducted on Sunday, July 11,2021 has reportedly regained his freedom. 

Nasiru Mainasara, brother to the College Provost disclosed this to Channels Television on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Nasiru said his brother was released on the night of Wednesday, July 14, 2021. He however did not disclose whether ransom was paid for his brother’s release.

Nasiru said that prominent community members had advised his family against entertaining the abduction as they were certain of the provost’s release.

Nothing was said about the other two persons who were reportedly abducted alongside the provost.

After several failed attempts, when HumAngle finally reached Mohammed Shehu, the spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command to confirm the release of the provost, he said he was unable to talk because he was in a meeting.

Habibu Mainasara who was newly appointed the Provost of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science (CAAS), Bakura in Zamfara State, was abducted in the early hours of Sunday, July 11, 2021 alongside two other persons.

Abductions have fast become a norm In the Northwest region of Nigeria, where regular citizens and high profile citizens alike are abducted in a disturbingly brazen manner.

HumAngle had reported the abduction of Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, Emir of Kajuru who was kidnapped in a late-night attack on his residence in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

His abductors demanded a N200 million ransom.

When the Emir’s release was announced by his son on Monday, July 12,2021, he did not state  whether ransom had been paid to secure his father’s release.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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