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A professor of Economics at the University of Abuja, Obansa Joseph has been abducted by gunmen.
According to reports, the don, his children and some other people were abducted after the gunmen invaded the staff quarters of the University.
A source and resident of the quarters, who spoke on condition of anonymity told the newspaper that the gunmen invaded the senior staff quarters at Giri in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at 1 am on Tuesday and operated for about an hour.
The names of the professor’s two children who were also abducted could not be confirmed as of the time of filing this report.
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Other victims included those who were simply recognised as “Barrister John, Fidelis and Mallam Sambo.”
The university’s spokesman, Habib Yakoob, confirmed the development, saying the victims are about six in number.
“Yes, I just confirmed that the information is true. Apart from the professor and his children, a non-academic staffer was also involved. They are about six victims,” Mr Yakoob said.
He, however, added that security operatives have been mobilised to secure their freedom.
“They are on their trail,” the spokesman said on the phone.
The victim, Obansa, is described as a “distinguished economist of repute”.
He is currently a sitting Professor of Economics at the university and a Visiting Professor of Economics at Veritas University, also in Abuja.
Obansa is an alumnus of the University of Abuja and the University of Lagos, whose research interest includes Health Economics and Quantitative Economic Analysis.
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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