Gunmen abduct UNIJOS lecturer


A Senior lecturer with the University of Jos, Dr Daniel Ella has been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Plateau state.


It was gathered that Dr Ella of the Department of Theatre and Film Arts was kidnapped in the early hours of Wednesday, June 9, by gunmen numbering about seven who stormed his residence behind Haske Quarters, Lamingo in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.


A member of the community, Philip Gyang, who confirmed the abduction to Punch on Wednesday in Jos, said that the gunmen arrived in the community around 2am, headed straight to the apartment of the lecturer and whisked him away after breaking their door.


“What happened last night in Haske quarters was terrible. It was the sounds of gunshots that woke us up around 2am. But we could not come out when it became clear that Haske quarters was under attack by gunmen,” Gyang narrated.


“So, this morning when everyone came out, we discovered that they had taken Dr. Dan Ella away after breaking into their house. It’s really painful because this thing is happening again in the same place where a professor and her husband were kidnapped in similar circumstances last month and Dr Ella who is their neighbour was the one running around to make sure that the kidnapped husband and wife were rescued. And now, he is the one that has been abducted and no one knows where they have taken him.” he added.


Also confirming the incident, the Chairman of the University of Jos branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Lazarus Maigoro condemned the abduction.


“It’s true because I just received an official report on the kidnap of one of our members in Lamingo Area last night. I’m preparing a press release on the incident. Something has to be done about this kidnapping of innocent people because it’s really sad and should not be allowed to continue.” he stated.


It would be recalled that a senior lecturer of the institution, Professor Grace Ayanbimpe and her husband were kidnapped in the same community last month.

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