Authority of the University of Abuja has confirmed the release of the two Professors, two other lecturers and two children by kidnappers who struck on Tuesday, November 2 at the staff quarters in Giri, on Gwagwalada road.
The spokesman of the University, Dr. Habib Yakoob, in a statement today, November 5, said that the kidnappers demanded the sum of N300 million as a ransom for their release but that a kobo was not released before they were let-off the hook.
According to Dr. Habib, the victims were rescued following the operations of the combined security forces, including the police, DSS, Military, and University of Abuja Safety Officers.
“The University management under the able and visionary leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, expresses gratitude to God Almighty; the joint forces, including military, DSSS, University of Abuja safety officers for the unconditional release of our staff.
“At the moment, the University community is in wild jubilation as staff members and students are congratulating and hugging one another for this good news.
“The management of the University is also grateful to all our staff members, well-meaning Nigerians, who empathized with us in that moment of tribulation and trial. Without your relentless prayers and supports, we might still be in a terrible mood.
“The management restates its commitment to providing adequate security to the University community and will continue to work with security operatives to prevent a repeat of that ugly incident.”