Gunmen abduct two Nasarawa varsity students, demand N25m ransom

Two students of the Federal University, Lafia have been abducted by gunmen who launched an attack on the school premises Saturday night and took them to an unknown destination.

It was gathered that the bandits invaded Mararaba community which hosts the university at about 7 pm on Saturday, shooting sporadically into the air while they whisked the students away without any intervention from security operatives in the area.

A source within the university told our correspondent that the kidnappers had reached out to the parents of the abducted students and demanded the sum of N25 million as ransom.

He said, “It is indeed a sad situation that students will be kidnapped without any help from security operatives in the area. I hear that the kidnappers are demanding N25m from the parents. The incident clearly shows that we are not safe in this environment. We are praying for their safe return from the kidnappers’ den.”

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Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said that the anti-kidnapping unit of the command had been dispatched to commence a thorough search for the victims and assured the relatives that the police would do everything possible to rescue them from their abductors.

He said, “The students were kidnapped yesterday evening in Mararaba but we did not get any report of the incident until this afternoon. But I assure you that we will do our best to rescue them from the kidnappers as men of our anti-kidnapping unit have been mobilised to conduct a thorough search in bushes and mountains in the area,”

While warning all criminal elements in Nasarawa to leave the state without further delay, ASP Nansel appealed to residents of the state to continue to give the police useful information that will help them serve the people better.

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