on Friday night, some gunmen attacked the residence of Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha a former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and kidnapped his 35-year-old daughter, who is a mother of three.
The gunmen, it was gathered invaded the residence located at Hayin Malam Jama’a in the Sabon Gwari LGA, Zaria in Kaduna State on Friday night around 11.30pm.
It was heard that the abductors shut down the security guard on duty and went straight to the former vice chancellor’s apartment.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent the armed men forced the occupants of the house out, including the daughter who was on a visit from Lagos.
An eyewitness said that the gunmen wielded sophisticated weapons, describing the entire situation as “terrifying.”
They must have an informant who must have conducted a survey of the area,says the source .
The source said, “The gunmen attacked the former VC’s residence in a commando style and headed straight to the Prof’s apartment.
“They instructed one of the security guards on duty to lead them to professor’s room. The security man wanted to run and he was gun down.
They eventually had their way inside the house where they forced the people out, including the daughter who came from Lagos on a visit.
“The bandits is yet to call to make demand since the incident on Friday night,” he added
The police in Kaduna confirmed the incident on sunday.
DSP Yakubu Sabo, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, said the operatives of the command on getting the distressed call on the incident, moved into action and neutralised one of the bandits.
The police spokesman said in a statement, “On 07/02/2020 at about 2340hrs, the Command received a distress call through DPO Samaru, Division Zaria that some unknown armed men attacked the residence of the former vice chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha, shot and injured Zayyanu Abdullahi a security man and took away the former vice chancellor’s daughter Maryam Abdullahi Mustapha a 35 year old daughter of the professor.
“On the account of the information,the policemen were promptly mobilised at the scene, engaged the hoodlums in a serious gun duel and successfully shot down one of the bandits who died on the spot and several of the attackers escaped with gun injuries. Exhibits wrapped on the body of the neutralised bandit includes an AK-47 magazine loaded with 24 live ammunition and a tecno handset while seven empty shells of AK-47 ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident.
Although, the bandits succeeded in running away with the victim in the heat of the gun battle.
“The injured security man is currently at ABU Teaching Hospital Zaria and he’s responding positively to treatment, while efforts are on top gear to rescue the victim and apprehend the perpetrators with the aim of bringing them to book.”