Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly kidnapped four students of the Federal University of Lafia in Nasarawa State.
It was gathered that the gunmen abducted the students during an invasion of the Mararaba Akunza community area of Lafia Local Government Area on Saturday night.
A resident of the area told Daily Trust that the gunmen came in their large number and started shooting sporadically into the air before abducting their victims to an unknown destination.
It was gathered that the kidnappers have made contact with the family of the victims and have demanded N25 million ransom.
The source said: “The gunmen came in their large number and started shooting sporadically into the air, scaring residents of Mararaba Akunza community, before abducting four students.
“But nobody knows whether they are students of Federal University of Lafia.”
“It was raining heavily on Saturday night when the suspected kidnappers came in with their AK 47 riffles and carried out their operation successfully that lasted for several hours and succeeded in kidnapping some students, but no one knows whether they are students of Federal University of Lafia.”
While confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Abubakar Ibrahim, denied that those victims were students of the University.
He said: “None of our students was kidnapped by suspected kidnappers. The incident happened outside the university.
“No report from any parent regarding the abduction of their children schooling in our institution.”
The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, ASP Nansel Ramhan, said the command has drafted men to the scene of the incident to investigate how it happened.
He said no official complaint has been made yet to the command, assuring that an investigation was ongoing to unravel the rationale behind the invasion of the area.
Ramhan, however, added that no arrest has been made to that effect.
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