Six people who were kidnapped from the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been released.
They were rescued around three days after gunmen assaulted the university’s staff quarters in the nation’s capital’s Gwagwalada Area Council.
The victims were rescued by a collaborative team of operatives from several security agencies, according to a statement issued by the FCT Police Command’s spokesman, Josephine Adeh, on Friday.
“The FCT Police Command wishes to inform members of the public that all abducted victims of the University of Abuja were rescued and reunited with their families through a joint operation with other security agencies,” she said.
Two academics, a senior lecturer, and three of their family members were among those kidnapped.
Dr Kasim Umar, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNIABUJA Chapter, verified the victims’ recovery but maintained that no ransom was paid.
According to Channels Television, gunmen targeted the university’s senior staff quarters at 1 a.m. on Tuesday.
The assailants were claimed to have forced their way into the victims’ homes through the windows before kidnapping them.
The ceiling and windows of one of the houses saw on a visit to the scene were damaged, and books, clothes, and other commodities were strewn across the floor.
According to eyewitnesses, the operation lasted more than two hours and was punctuated by numerous gunshots.