Unknown gunmen with sophisticated weapons on Friday night reportedly invaded Hayin Malam Jama’a in the Sabon Gwari LGA, Zaria in Kaduna State where they swindle away the daughter of a former ABU VC.
According to the report made available to newsmen, the daughter of Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, a lecturer in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria had been kidnapped.
It was reported that the attack was carried out on the night of Friday at about 11.30 pm, where the gunmen shot a security guard watching over the area before heading to the former vice chancellor’s apartment and kidnapped his daughter who had visited from Lagos.
According to a source who pleaded to be anonymous, he said that he suspected that the kidnappers have an informant who must have conducted a survey of the area.
He said, “The gunmen invaded the former VC’s residence in a commando-style and headed straight to the Prof’s apartment.
“They ordered one of the security guards on duty to lead them to the 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 out, including the daughter who came from Lagos on a visit.
Until the time of filing the report, the gunmen are yet to make their demand known.
Confirming the report, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, noted that the operatives of the command received a distressed call on the incident, and immediately swung into action and neutralised one of the bandits.
Sabo revealed in a statement that “On 07/02/2020 at about 2340hrs, the Command received a distress call through DPO Samaru Division Zaria that some unknown armed men entered the residence of Professor Abdullahi Mustapha, former vice-chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, shot and injured one Zayyanu Abdullahi a security man and took away Maryam Abdullahi Mustapha a 35-year-old daughter of the professor.”
“On receipt of the information, teams of policemen were promptly mobilised to the scene, engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun duel and successfully neutralised 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 neutralised bandit includes an AK-47 magazine loaded with 24 live ammunition and a techno handset while seven empty shells of AK-47 ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident.
He added that gunmen had succeeded in running away with the victim in the heat of the gun battle.
However, “The injured security man is currently receiving treatment at ABU Teaching Hospital Zaria and is responding positively, while efforts are on top gear to rescue the victim and apprehend the perpetrators with a view to bringing them to book,” said Sabo.
This was coming a week after News Nigeria reported that one of the four young Catholic seminarians who were held captive in January by unknown gunmen has been killed by his abductors.