Abductors of UNIABUJA staff demand N300m ransom

The abductors of the six persons that were kidnapped from the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) staff quarters have contacted their families to demand ransom.

Obansa Joseph, a professor of economics, two of his children, and three other persons were abducted on Tuesday when gunmen attacked the staff quarters of the university.

The gunmen were said to have demanded N50 million for each person that was taken.

Habib Yakoob, UNIABUJA spokesman, confirmed the development to TheCable.


“They are asking for N300 million collectively. I’m not aware if they were given a deadline to pay or not,” he said.

Mustapha Sambo, son of one of the abducted persons, had told TheCable that the abductors told his family to provide N100 million ransom after they took his father away.

“They took our phones and his wallet. Then they said they need money. When we said there was no money at home, they took him and said we must bring N100 million before they release him,” he said.


According to eyewitness accounts, the gunmen numbered about 30 and were young men “not older than 25”.

They were said to have shot sporadically in the air while they carried out the attack which lasted for over two hours.

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