Ahmadu Bello University has been invaded on Friday night by some gunmen. The gunmen kidnapped Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha and his 35-year-old daughter who has 3 children.
The gunmen, it was gathered invaded the residence located at Hayin Malam Jama’a in Sabon Gari LGA, of Zaria city at about 11:30 pm.
It was learnt that before they could gain access to the residence, the security guard on duty was shot and after that headed straight to the former Vice chancellor’s apartment.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the armed men forced out occupants of the house, including the daughter who was on a visit from Lagos.
The source added that the gunmen wielded sophisticated weapons, describing the entire situation as “terrifying.”
He said there was resistance and shootings all over the place and in the process, one of the bandits was killed.
“In fact, we suspected that they must have an informant who must have conducted a survey of the area,” he said.
He said the bandits, who made away with the Professor’s daughter, had yet to call to place their demands while appealing to the government to beef up security in the area.
The source said: “The gunmen invaded the former VC’s residence in a commando-style and headed straight to the Prof’s apartment.
“They (gunmen) ordered one of the security guards on duty to lead them to Professor’s room. The security man attempted to run and he was shot.
“But they eventually had their way inside the house where they forced occupants, including the daughter who came from Lagos on a visit.
“The bandits are yet to call to make demand since the incident on Friday night.”
The incident was confirmed on Sunday.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the operatives of the command on getting the distressed call on the incident, moved into action and neutralised one of the bandits.
He said the security guard shot at the professor’s residence was responding to treatment at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika in Zaria where he was rushed to.
Sabo also said one AK47 magazine loaded with twenty-four (24) live Ammunition and a techno handset were recovered from the body of bandit while Seven (7) empty shells of AK47 ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident.
07/02/2020 the police spokesmen received a call from a DPO that some unknown armed bandits entered Ahmadu Bello University shot one injured many and took away the security guard.
“On receipt of the information, teams of Policemen were promptly mobilized to the scene, engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun duel and successfully neutralized one of the bandits who died on the spot and several of the attackers escaped with gun injuries.
Exhibits recovered on the body of the neutralized bandit includes an AK47 Magazine loaded with twenty-four (24) live Ammunition and a techno handset while Seven (7) empty shells of AK47 ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident.
The bandits also succeeded in running away with the victim in the heat of the gun battle.
The injured security man is currently receiving treatment at ABU Teaching Hospital Zaria and he is responding positively.
The police command assures the public that the victim will be rescued without any injury.