All the abducted members of staff of the University of Abuja and others have been rescued and reunited with their families.
The police in Federal Capital Territory confirmed the release yesterday. The Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, also confirmed the release.
DSP Josephine Adeh, Police Public Relations, said the feat was achieved through a joint operation with other security agencies.
Gun men numbering over 20 had stormed the university Senior Staff Quarters on Tuesday and abducted six people including Prof. Obanza Malam, Prof. Bassey Ubom with his son and daughter, Sambo Mohammed and Dr. Tobit.
The Vice Chancellor in a message to the university community thanked God for the development. “My dear University Community, our prayers have been accepted. Please join me in thanking God Almighty. I will provide you more details later, just to let you know that our UofA family is a happier family today with the resolution of this callous and wicked kidnap of our people,” the VC reportedly said.
He added: “As I write, we are on the road to fetch them and get them immediate medical attention to ensure they are sound and strong.
“Our brilliant and indefatigable Safety Unit and security outfit must be commended. They are deserving of superior award. We are grateful to the team along with the military, the police, the DSS and all who laboured to make this happen.
“Our traditional rulers in FCT stood by us and prayed for us and we are grateful to all of them. Allah ya ja zamani. Nigeria is forward forever. The UofA of Nigeria cannot be stopped.”
Dr. Kasim Umar, chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Abuja Chapter, also confirmed the release.
“At this point, we have to thank the Federal Government, the security agencies, the Minister of Education, the Minister of FCT because they took the mantle of leadership ensuring these people were released unharmed. We thank and appreciate them for the release of our loved ones.”