Bandits Penetrates University Of Abuja, Abducts 2 Children, 4 Others

How Bandits invaded UNIAbuja, kidnapped don, 2 children, 3 others –  Blueprint Newspapers Limited

Richard Ginika Izuora

Bandits freely gained entrance into the staff quarters of the University of Abuja, taking a number of captives with them.

The successful attack confirms the volatility of Nigeria’s security lapses and inadequacy of proactive security response system in the country given the proximity of the University to the seat of power.

Authorities say gunmen in Nigeria’s capital abducted six people from the staff quarters of a university.

The University of Abuja said in a statement on its Facebook page  on Tuesday that four staff members and their children were taken by unknown assailants.  It was the first attack of its kind in Abuja since a wave of school kidnappings began in the country more than a year ago.

A university employee told The Associated Press that the gunmen “arrived at the quarters and started shooting and shooting.” There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnappings, but suspicion immediately fell on a suspects who have been blamed for scores of similar abductions for ransom.

The chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNIABUJA chapter, Dr Kassim Umaru, said the bandits who invaded the institution’s staff quarters in the early hours of Tuesday took advantage of security lapses at the university.

The gunmen had invaded the university’s staff quarters in Giri at about 12:30am on Tuesday and kidnapped no fewer than six persons, including two children.

Umaru, while speaking to Arise Television on Tuesday, said lack of security at the UNIABUJA staff quarters made it easy for the assailants to gain access to the quarters and carry out their operation.

“As far as we are concerned, there is no security here at all because at any angle you can come in. We have the toll gate but at the back, the extreme of the location, there is no gate [and] there is no fence.

“And I think the bandits took advantage of some of these little lapses,” he said.

Meanwhile, a senior staff of the university, Godwin Okaneme, who witnessed the incident said the assailants operated for over two hours before abducting victims to an undisclosed location.

Okaneme, a lecturer at the Philosophy department, described the attack as “a well syndicated and coordinated attack and it lasted for over 2:30hrs”.

The kidnapped victims were identified as Professor Obanza, Malam Sambo Mohammed, Dr Tobit and Professor Bassey Ubom as well as his son and daughter.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command, however, said it has deployed personnel to secure the entire university community and that its men were on a search operation to rescue the abducted victims.

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