A 300-level female student at the University of Jos, Plateau State, identified simply as Helen, has been kidnapped by gunmen.
It was learnt that the undergraduate studying Zoology was kidnapped by the gunmen, who attacked the staff quarters of the Federal College of Land Resources Technology in the state on Tuesday.
A family source told our correspondent in Jos on Wednesday that the student and other members of her family were about going to bed around 8.30pm when the gunmen stormed their house at the staff quarters, in Kuru community, in the Jos South Local Government Area.
The source explained that the gunmen forcefully entered the house and beat up Helen’s mother, who is an administrative staff member of the college, before whisking her daughter away to an unknown destination.
The source said, “We were in our house around 8.30pm when a voice from outside asked us to open the door. Five of us were in the house, including my mother and my sister (Helen).
“My mother demanded to know who was at the door but the voice insisted that we must open the door. They started shooting and before we knew it, they entered our house.
“They collected our cell phones and threatened to kill all of us if we made any move.
The gunmen said they would go with my sister.
Spokesman for state police command, ASP Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the attack.
Ogaba said, “The state Commissioner of Police led other police officers to the place to assess the situation. So, we have swung into action and I believe our efforts will yield results soon.”
Meanwhile, a family source said the kidnappers had demanded N6m ransom.
The source said, “They initially demanded N100m, but reduced it to N6m.”