Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a Professor of Soil Sciences in the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), in Yola, Adamawa State, Prof Adamu Zata.
The hoodlums killed the professor’s brother, Dr Sheda Zata, during the attack which occurred in his home in Girei, Yola. in the early hours of Monday.
According to a family member, Padio Phin, the deceased who is a Veterinary doctor, decided to spend the night with the professor after having come from his rural posting to collect his salary in the state capital. He was coming out of his room on hearing the commotion of the gunmen in the house, when they shot him.
“You know, these people are on edge when they operate. They shot Dr Sheda when they heard his door open and sighted him come out of his room,” Phin said
It would be recalled that this is the second time that Prof. Adamu would be kidnapped in less than one year.
He was first abducted in October last year from the same residence and was released after his family allegedly paid N2 million as ransom for his release.
The Adamawa State Police Command spokesman, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident, saying that efforts are being made to rescue the professor and apprehend the kidnappers.
Nguroje said the body of the deceased has since been taken to hospital for autopsy.