Kidnappers Of UNIABUJA Staff Request For N300m Ransom


The kidnappers of the six staff members of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) have reportedly contacted their families and demanded a ransom of N300 million.

When gunmen invaded the university’s staff quarters on Tuesday, November 2, Obansa Joseph, a professor of economics, two of his children, and three other people were kidnapped.

The gunmen, according to eyewitness sources, totaled around 30 people and were young males “no older than 25.”

According to reports, the gunmen fired shots into the air when the attack was ongoing. The attack lasted for over two hours.

Each person abducted by the gunmen has now been charged at N50 million for their freedom.

“They are asking for N300 million collectively. I’m not aware if they were given a deadline to pay or not,” Habib Yakoob, UNIABUJA spokesman, told TheCable.

Mustapha Sambo, the son of one of the abducted people, also testified that the kidnappers demanded N100 million in ransom after they kidnapped his father.

“They took our phones and his wallet. Then they said they need money. When we said there was no money at home, they took him and said we must bring N100 million before they release him,” he said.

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In other words, soldiers in Nigeria have been advised against recording their activities by the Nigerian Army.

The army issued the warning in a statement signed by K.O Bukoye on behalf of Chief of Army Staff Farouk Yahaya.

The army claims that filming military activities has become commonplace in recent years and that it violates the army’s social media policy.

The army statement urges various commands to educate troops on the importance of refraining from such behaviors that endanger their safety.

The statement reads,

“Recent happening reveals that troops are still in the habit of taking pictures and videos while conducting operations. This habit has become worrisome as it goes contrary to the social media policy and also portends dire consequences, especially for the personal security of troops.

“It will be recalled that several directives have been given with regards to the aforementioned. This continued act, therefore, suggests the need for continuous sensitization of troops at various theatres.

“In view of the foregoing, I am directed to respectfully request you direct formations and units under your command to continually sensitize troops to desist from taking pictures or videos of operational engagement in their various AQRS. Please treat as important and acknowledge.”


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