Gunmen have abducted four persons including two students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State.
It was gathered that the gunmen invaded the Mararaba Akunza, the host community of the institution between 7-8 pm on Saturday night, October 16.
An eyewitness, who spoke to Daily Trust in confidence, said the gunmen came in their large number and started shooting sporadically into the air before whisking their victims to an unknown destination.
It was learnt that the kidnappers have made contact with the family of the victims around 11.30 pm last night, demanding N25 million ransom.
“The gunmen came in their large number and started shooting sporadically into the air, scaring residents of Mararaba Akunza community, before abducting four students. But nobody knows whether they are students of the Federal University of Lafia.” the source said.
“It was raining heavily on Saturday night when the suspected kidnappers came in with their AK 47 riffles and carried out their operation successfully that lasted for several hours and succeeded in kidnapping some students, but no one knows whether they are students of Federal University of Lafia.”
One of the victims has been identified as Zafir Yahaya, the first son of a prominent politician in the state, Mr. Yahaya Adams, popularly called Majo.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, confirmed the incident but denied that the victims were students of the Federal University of Lafia.
“None of our students was kidnapped by suspected kidnappers. The incident happened outside the university. No report from any parent regarding the abduction of their children schooling in our institution,” he stated.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Nansel Ramhan, said the command only had about the incident on social media, but immediately drafted men to the scene of the incident to investigate how it happened.
He said no official complaint has been made yet to the command, assuring that an investigation was ongoing to unravel the rationale behind the invasion of the area.