Gunmen had on Monday around 1:00pm, invaded the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna State and abducted staff of the university.
Two members of the family that was abducted were said to have been released following a gun battle with the police.
The Director of Public Affairs of the ABU, Mallam Auwalu Umar, who confirmed the incident in a statement titled, ‘Armed kidnappers invade ABU, abduct staff on Monday, said: “At about 12:50am on Monday, 23rd November 2020, kidnappers invaded the house of a staff member of the University on Sardauna Crescent, Area BZ, Main Campus, Samaru, Zaria. They went away with him along with his wife and daughter.
“The University Security Division quickly informed the operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team that advanced to the scene following the distress call.
“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 University, 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 statement noted that the Vice-Chancellor urged the University community to remain calm and vigilant to avoid a recurrence of the incident.
Recall that students from the Department of French, who were travelling to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village in Badagry, were also abducted along the Abuja-Kaduna road last Sunday by gunmen.
One of the students, Dickson Oko, who escaped with a gunshot wound said the kidnappers had contacted families of the students demanding N30 million each for them to regain their freedom.
But it was reported that the kidnappers reduced their demand to N1 million each for the nine students before their release.