- Unknown gunmen continue to cause havoc in Kaduna state unchallenged
- The bandits have kidnapped the daughter of Professor Abdullahi Mustapha, a former University Don
- The gunmen stormed the home of Professor Mustapha and whisked away his daughter, Maryam
Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted the daughter of a former University Don, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha.
The incident happened in Zaria, Kaduna state on Saturday, February 8 when the gunmen stormed the residence of Professor Mustapha.
The professor, a well respected academic, is a former Vice-Chancellor of the Ahamdu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the gunmen attacked the home of Professor Mustapha, shot his security guard, and whisked his 35-year-old daughter, Maryam to an unknown destination.
He said policemen were promptly mobilised to the scene, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and successfully killed one of the bandits.
A social media user, however, claimed the bandit was shot by a neighbour of the professor.
Several other kidnappers, however, escaped with gunshot injuries, Sabo said.
He said the police is working hard to rescue Maryam, even as he appealed to members of the public to provide information to the command if they have any.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Professor Mustapha confirmed the incident and said the bandits stormed his home at exactly 11:20pm.
“Yes, it is true. They shot one security man, we don’t know who they are, as they have not contacted us yet,” he said.
Kaduna continues to be a hot-bed for criminal gangs causing havoc around the state.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force recently announced the death of notorious bandits' commanders in Kaduna state - Haruna Basullube and Bashir Leta.
The criminals met their waterloo when the police stormed Kurudu forest in Birnn Gwari Kaduna state and dislodged the bandits on Wednesday, February 6.
In a related development, following the disclosure of the Nigerian Police that it killed 250 terrorists during the operation, there have been arguments on social media if numbers given were factual.
Residents in the area, however, said the police might have left the corpses inside the forest as they did not see any bodies.
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