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JUST IN: Gunmen abduct Nigerian lecturer, demand N30m ransom

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted clement Uhembe, a senior lecturer with the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Uhembe is a former commissioner in the state.

His abduction is coming barely a few days after a senior administrative officer, Angelina Tyem, was killed in her residence in Lafia.

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Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the residence of the senior lecturer in Lafia at about 8:30pm Tuesday.

A wife of the victim, Amarya Uhembe, told newsmen that the abductors, numbering about ten, had invaded their residence and broke into one of their apartments where her husband was observing his siesta after returning from work.

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According to her, the gunmen whisked him away to an unknown destination.

“They came at about 8:30pm and started knocking forcefully at the door while my husband was in the inner room. I moved close to the door to see who was knocking only to discover that they were heavily armed men.

“When I noticed they were armed men, I quickly tried to close the door, shouting for help before my husband came to join me in the struggle to close the door, even as they were dragging to force themselves into the parlour,” she disclosed.

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According to her, the gunmen had established contact with the family, demanding the sum of N30million as ransom.

“The gunmen later allowed my husband access to his mobile phone to communicate about their demand,” she added.

Efforts to speak to the state command’s Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ramhan Nansel, failed as he could not pick his calls after several attempts.

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