Gunmen abduct final year student in Sokoto after Sallah break

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A final year student of Microbiology of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Aliyu Maidamma, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen some days to the first semester examination.

The Nation gathered the victim was attacked Friday evening on his way back to Sokoto after the Sallah break.

The victim’s brother, Ibrahim Sanni Maidamma, confirmed the attack in a phone chat with The Nation.

He said: “The last time we talked, he (Aliyu) said he was on his way back to school and we were in touch with each other along the way.

“But around 3pm his contact could no longer be reached, I thought it was due to poor network until they (the kidnappers) called our elder brother later in the evening that Aliyu has been held captive.”

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Saddened, Ibrahim relayed that the kidnappers had called and requested a N3million ransom for his release.

“First, they requested N3million before they could release him. Another one called shortly after, warning that if we don’t pay the money, they would kill him.

“We are trying our best to secure his release. Our elder brother has taken charge of the situation,” Sanni added in a gloomy tone

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However, efforts to reach the elder brother proved futile as he neither responded to call nor texts on his mobile line.

The Students’ Union President, Comrade Faruk Barade, confirmed the kidnap, adding the union has not yet met with the family to get a full knowledge of the incident.

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