Kaduna State Government has confirmed, Monday that students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, were among several people kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway on Sunday.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who said this in a statement, added that the Vice-Chancellor of ABU informed the state government of the incident.
“The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Kabir Bala, has informed the government that eight students of the institution were among those kidnapped on Sunday on the Kaduna-Abuja road,” the commissioner said.
The Abusites reported that the 300 students from the Department of French Language were traveling to Lagos for the mandatory language immersion program at the Nigeria French Language Village (NFLV) in Badagry which was earlier interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic when the incident happened.
Sources said, “The names of the students are Okafor Chris, Ayuba Lois, John Elizabeth, Musa Precious, Asoji Faith, Badmus Jemimah, Emmanuel Simon, and Aliyu Adamu.”
“One of the students was reportedly shot while trying to escape, while another woman was left behind because of her baby. Both were said to have been rescued by security personnel on Sunday. “
The source noted that the kidnappers have reached out to the family of one of the victims identified as Jemimah Badmus demanding a N30 million ransom.
Police sources say the vice-chancellor of ABU, Professor Kabiru Bala has formally reported the abduction of the students at the area command of the police in Zaria.
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