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3 college teachers abducted in NW Nigeria

Abduction follows local trend where top politicians and expatriates are taken and freed after ransom is paid

18.09.2018
3 college teachers abducted in NW Nigeria

By Rafiu Ajakaye

LAGOS, Nigeria

Three college teachers -- two of them women -- have been abducted in Nigeria’s northwestern Kaduna state, an official said on Tuesday.

Local news outlet Premium Times said the teachers -- Rabi Dogo, Halimatu Malam, and one Dr. Akawo -- of the Shehu Idris College of Health were abducted late Sunday as they traveled to Makarfi from Zaria, both major cities in the state.

“The department had some members of the dental association who visited the school but were lodged in a hotel in Zaria,” the outlet quoted Ahmed Rahama, an official of the institution, as saying.

“We understand they travelled to Zaria where they had a brief meeting with them that Sunday. And on their way back to Makarfi, they were kidnapped.”

Police spokesman Aliyu Usman has not responded to calls for him to confirm the development.

The abductors and their motivations are not immediately known, but the abduction follows a trend in Kaduna where top politicians and expatriates are taken and freed after ransom is paid.

Although the rate has dropped, abductions remain a key security threat in the area despite heavy security deployments.

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