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University of Abuja Staff Members Regain Freedom

The University's spokesperson maintained that no ransom was paid for the release of the kidnap victims in Abuja, Nigeria.

Staff members of the University of Abuja and a teen who were abducted from the school on Tuesday have regained freedom

An armed gang invaded the school’s senior staff quarters located at Giri, Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, at about 1 a.m. WAT, and abducted two professors, three senior lecturers and a teen on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

In a statement on Friday, Nov. 5, Habib Yakoob, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, said the victims were rescued following the operations of the combined security forces, including the police, Department of State Services, military, and University of Abuja Safety Officers.

“Though the abductors earlier demanded payment of three hundred million (N300, 000,000) naira ransom, our staff were rescued without any payment at all,” Yakoob said.

“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.”

He said the university management would work with security operatives to prevent “a repeat of that ugly incident.”

Josephine Adeh, the spokesperson of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command, also confirmed the release of the victims.

She, however, said some suspects had been arrested without giving any further details of the arrest.

“More details coming soon,” she said in a statement.

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