40 Terrorist bandits invade UNIABUJA, abduct four lecturers and two of their children.

Point of operation so close to Brigade of Guards check point.

About 40 terrorist bandits on Tuesday morning invaded the staff quarters of the University of Abuja, located in the Giri area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), abducting some lecturers and members of their families. One of the residents said the bandits were fully armed and believed to be of Fulani extraction. The scene of the attack was near the Nigerian Army’s barracks and a checkpoint reportedly of personnel of the army’s Guards’ Battalion with Scorpion as their regimental signal. The eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the bandits operated for over an hour and 30 minutes.

One of them claimed the bewildered residents of the staff quarters and neighbors tried without success to reach out to security agents. She said some soldiers finally responded after the bandits had a free reign without resistance. The eyewitness revealed that a public primary school behind the quarters was used by the bandits as their operational base while the assault lasted. Giri is about 45 kilometres from the three Arms Zone that housed the Presidential Villa, the National Assembly and the Supreme Court. It is almost the same distance from the headquarters of key security agencies. Four lecturers, two of them Professors and one a Professor of Economics as well as two PHD holders of the University of Abuja, and two of their children were abducted by the bandits during the latter’s Tuesday’s morning invasion of the institution’s staff quarters.

Further explanation says two lecturers, whose names were given simply as Dr. Sambo Mohammed and Dr. Tobit were taken away alongside two professors who were identified as Prof. Bassey Ubom (the Econs Prof) and Prof. Obanza Malam.

Ubom was said to have been taken away with his son and daughter.

Although, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Habib Yakoob, who confirmed abduction in the school’s staff quarters, did not give details of the number of persons taken away and their identities, it was gathered from sources that the abductees were six in number.

According to him, “Four staff and their children were abducted by the evil men.”

He said the University’s “Safety officers, in conjunction with security personnel have been mobilized to secure the quarters”, adding that “efforts are being made to ensure their safe return.”

They were taken away very early on Tuesday morning when the gunmen reportedly invaded the institution’s staff quarters, located at Giri in Gwagwalada, about 30 kilometres away from the nation’s federal capital city.

The news of the invasion had first surfaced in the university’s social media page, early Tuesday, some few hours after the development.

“Suspected bandits attacked the staff quarters of the University in the early hours of today. Our Safety officers, in conjunction with security personnel, mobilized to secure the quarters.

“We have report that four of our staff and their children were, nevertheless, abducted by the evil men.

“Efforts are being made to ensure their safe return. A sad day for us, indeed!” the university’s Facebook handle had posted.

The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday has dispatched additional tactical and conventional policing resources to the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), main and satellite campuses as well as the staff quarters and other affiliate formations of the university, to fortify security, improve public safety and protect citizens in and around the university community.

The CP gave the order following a report that some yet to be identified armed criminals invaded the UNIABUJA Staff Quarters located at the GIRI area of the FCT in the early hours of today, November 2, 2021.

In a statement made available to pressmen by FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, the CP noted that a combined team of the Police and personnel of the Nigerian Army 176 Guards Battalion were swiftly mobilized to the area to protect the citizens.

According to the FCT police boss, “Preliminary investigations however revealed that six (6) persons were allegedly abducted into the forest by the criminals on sighting the security operatives.”

The CP, while calling for calm, further noted that the security forces are already working with the locals in the area toward rescuing the victims. He assured that the perpetrators would be arrested and brought to book.

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