Four persons thought to be students of the Federal University of Lafia in the Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have been kidnapped by gunmen who stormed the Mararaba Akunza community area during a heavy rainstorm on Saturday night between 7-8 p.m.
According to an eyewitness who spoke anonymously to our reporter, the gunmen arrived in large groups and began firing randomly into the air before kidnapping their victims and taking them to an unknown location.
According to reports, the kidnappers contacted the victims’ families around 11.30 p.m. yesterday night and demanded N25 million in ransom.
Four students were kidnapped by masked gunmen who arrived in large numbers and began firing randomly into the air before abducting them, according to the source.
No one knows for sure whether they are Federal University of Lafia students, though.
When the suspected kidnappers arrived with their AK 47 rifles on Saturday night, it was pouring rain. They were able to carry out their operation, which lasted several hours, and abduct several students, but no one knows whether they are Federal University of Lafia students.
One of the casualties, according to our source, is Zafir Yahaya, the first son of a well-known politician in the state, Mr. Yahaya Adams, also known as Majo.
While visiting Lafia’s Anti-Kidnapping Unity Police Area Command on Sunday at exactly 11:am, our correspondent saw the Federal University of Lafia’s Chief Security Officer, Wing Commander Umar Mohammed (rtd), along with some students from the institution, making a complaint before the OC anti-Kidnapping, Mr Eyoh Anette.
Mr Abubakar Ibrahim, the Federal University of Lafia’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed the event to our reporter on Sunday but disputed that the victims were students.
No one from our school has been abducted by kidnappers, he added. The occurrence took place away from the college’s campus.
I have had no reports from any parents about the kidnapping of their children who are attending our school, he said.
However, according to ASP Nansel Ramhan of the state’s police public relations office, the command only learned about the event through the internet and promptly sent investigators to the site.
There hasn’t been a formal complaint yet, he added, and he reassured the community that an inquiry was underway to determine the reasons for the invasion.
He said that no one has been arrested as a result of this.
“The command has yet to receive a formal complaint from the institution,” he said..