A staff of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has been abducted by unknown gunmen who invaded the staff quarters of the university on Monday.
He was kidnapped alongside his wife and daughter.
According to a statement signed by the school’s spokesman, Awwalu Umaru, the incident took place at the Sardauna Crescent on the institution’s main campus.
Although the gunmen had gone away with the unnamed staff and his family, they were later overpowered by security officials in an exchange of fire and ran into the bush with the victims.
They escaped with the lecturer and his family but a swift response by the Police who chased them to Dasuwar Da’a village, a community bordering the university, saw the gunmen releasing the wife and daughter.
According to the statement, “There was an exchange of fire between the kidnappers and the mobile police operatives.
“When it was clear that they would be overpowered, the kidnappers ran into the bush along with the victims.
“As the police went after them up to Kasuwar Da’a village bordering the iniversity, the kidnappers then released the wife and the daughter and went away with the husband.
“Some empty shells were recovered from the scene. The Inspector General of Police and other security agencies, as well as all relevant government establishments have been duly informed of the unfortunate incident.
“The Vice-Chancellor urges the University community to remain calm and vigilant to avoid the recurrence of the incident”.