A professor of Economic in the University of Abuja, (UNIABUJA), his two children and other people were reportedly abducted on Tuesday morning by gunmen.
The lecturer, whose name was given as Prof. Joseph Obansa, was taken away among others when the gunmen allegedly invaded the university’s staff quarters, located at Giri, in Gwagwalada, about 30 kilometres away from the nation’s federal capital city.
The victim, Mr Obansa, is described as a “distinguished economist of repute”. Apart from teaching at UNIABUJA, he is also a visiting professor of economics at Veritas University, also in Abuja.
A witness said the gunmen invaded the senior staff quarters at Giri in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at 1 a.m on Tuesday and operated for about an hour.
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The names of the professor’s two children who were also abducted during the attack were withheld, the other victims were referred to as “Barrister John, Fidelis and Mallam Sambo”
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the institution, an also the university’s spokesman, Dr Habib Yakoob, confirmed the development, saying the victims are about six in number.
“Yes, I just confirmed that the information is true. Apart from the professor and his children, a non-academic staffer was also involved. They are about six victims,” Mr Yakoob said.
He, however, mentioned that security operatives have been charged to secure their freedom. The FCT Police spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, had yet to respond to enquiries concerning the attack.