From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Gunmen suspected to be kidnapers have abducted the immediate past commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State, Chief Clement Uhembe at his Lafia residence.
The gunmen, who stormed the residence of the former commissioner and a senior lecturer in the department of political science at the Federal University, Lafia at about 8:30pm Tuesday are demanding N 30 million ransom for his release.
According to the wife of the victim, Mrs. Amarya Uhembe , the abductors, numbering about ten, invaded their residence and broke into one of their apartments and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
“They (gunmen) came at about 8:30pm and started knocking forcefully at the door while my husband was in the inner room. I moved close to the door to see who was knocking 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 close the door as they were dragging to force themselves into the parlour.
“My husband rushed to the door and we succeeded in closing it but the gunmen kept pushing until they succeeded in using some objects in breaking the doors and wall to gain entrance,” she revealed.
She revealed that the gunmen later allowed her husband access to his mobile phone to communicate the family saying the gunmen demanded the sum of N30million ransom before he would be released.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ramhan Nansel PPRO confirmed the incident, saying the command has mobilised personnel to rescue the victim unhurt.