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UNIABUJA Abduction: Gunmen Hit My Brother With A Cutlass …Took Him Away, Says Sister of 9-Year-Old Victim

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In the early hours of Tuesday, gunmen attacked the staff quarters of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), abducting six persons,TheCable reports.

Those abducted are Joseph Obansa, professor of economics, and his son; Ferguson Tobins, a lecturer in the department of engineering; Sambo Mohammed, a senior non-academic staff; nine-year-old Divine Ubom and 15-year-old Ayomide, children of Bassey Ubom, a professor at the institution.

More than 24 hours after the abduction, the whereabouts of the abductors and their victims are still unknown.

But the families of the abducted persons have been contacted by the gunmen and asked to pay a ransom of N50 million for each person.

When TheCable visited the staff quarters on Wednesday, sympathisers thronged the homes of those affected by the incident. The atmosphere was gloomy as family members recounted the incident to visitors.

Speaking with TheCable, Patience Tobins, wife of Ferguson Tobins, said she had gone to a clinic owing to health issues and had to pass the night at a friend’s place so she was not at home when the gunmen broke in.

She said she received a call at 2am telling her bandits had entered the quarters with sophisticated weapons and abducted her husband.Advertisement

She said her next door neighbour who was around at the time, narrated the incident to her upon her arrival at the break of dawn.

“My neighbour said they dragged my husband out shirtless before they took him away. We’ve not been contacted by any of the kidnappers for now, but we’re still waiting,” she said with a sullen look.

“The incident has affected my family a whole lot. The psychological trauma we are going through has not been easy. I have not eaten since yesterday and I have no appetite. Sleeping last night was also a problem. I’m not myself; I’m just surviving by the grace of God. Because of the shock, my daughter started having a high temperature and we had to take her to the clinic.”

Just a stone’s throw away is the home of the Obansas, where the professor and his two sons were abducted. Fidelis, his eldest son, was however released on the way.

With a sad look on his face, he folded his arms, sighed, and slowly recounted the incident to TheCable.

He said the armed men broke into their house through the back window at 12:30am and took some of their belongings.

“We were eight in number taken. We headed towards the bush but they later released two people. I don’t why they released the two of us, they just asked us to go after a while,” he said.

“I’m not really sure how many the abductors were, but they should be about 30 persons. Everywhere was dark because they broke the light bulbs.Advertisement

“We’re hoping and praying for good news very soon. We’re hoping we’ll have them back very soon.”

When TheCable reached the house of Bassey Ubom, only the first child, Praise Ubom was available to speak on behalf of her family.

Although she was not at home at the time of the incident, she recounted the experience of her mother who was taken but later released.

She said her parents thought the gunmen were assassins sent to kill her father, which made him take refuge in the ceiling.



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