Nigerian security agents have rescued six people kidnapped by armed men from a university in Abuja this week in a rare abduction at a higher education institution in the nation’s capital, police said on Friday.
Gunmen abducted four staff members and their two children from the University of Abuja on Tuesday, prompting an increase in military posts in and around the city and a stop-and-search operation by police.
Gangs of armed men, known locally as bandits, have since late last year carried out a series of kidnappings from schools and deadly attacks on villages mostly in the country’s northwest in exchange for ransom. Huh.
Abuja and the surrounding areas, which have better roads and infrastructure than most of Nigeria, are generally considered to be among the safest parts of the country.
Abuja Police spokeswoman Josephine Adeh Anipr said those who were abducted were reunited with their families through a joint operation with other security agencies.
The university also confirmed that the six had achieved independence.
Growing chaos in the north and north-west and a 12-year-old Islamic insurgency in the northeast have swelled Nigeria’s security forces and heightened security fears in Africa’s most populous country.