Gunmen abducted the immediate past Nasarawa State Higher Education Commissioner, Chief Clement Uhembe, at his residence early on Tuesday night, demanding N30 m ransom to secure his freedom.
At around 8:30 pm, kidnappers who were said to be armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the residence of the senior lecturer in the political science department of the Federal University of Lafia.
Narrating the incident to the newsmen, the victim’s wife, Mrs. Amarya Uhembe said the abductors, numbering around ten, invaded their home and broke into one of their apartments where, after returning from work, her husband was watching his rest and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
“They (gunmen) came at about 8:30 pm and started banging on the door while my husband was in the inner room. I moved closer to the door to see who was hitting the door 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 shut the door, even as they were forcing themselves into the seating room”
According to her, “My husband rushed to the door and we succeeded in closing the doors but the gunmen kept pushing until they succeeded using hard objects to break the doors and wall to gain entrance”
The gunmen later gave her husband access to his mobile phone, she said, to communicate their ransom request to the family.
When contacted, ASP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), who confirmed the incident, said that command staff were mobilised to go after the abductors and rescue the unhurt victim.
In the meantime, the victim’s residence has continued to monitor the flood of sympathisers from inside and outside the state.