44 staff of the Safety Unit of the University of Abuja have been honored by the management of the University for the role in the release of the abducted staff.
Recall that staff and children were kidnapped by gunmen from the Giri Quarters in the early hours of Tuesday, November 2, 2021, who later demanded N300 million ransom before they were rescued by security agencies
However, on Sunday the Head, Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob stated that the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, was said to have celebrated the staff during the weekend.
The statement said:
“I am pleased to express the profound appreciation of the University management for your role in the combined effort that resulted in the rescue of our staff and their children abducted by the bandits on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 from the Staff Quarters in Giri.
“You demonstrated exceptional commitment and bravery in the discharge of your duty which led to the timely rescue of our staff and their children from the clutches of the hoodlums. But for your courage, the story of the abduction might have been different. It is in recognition of this feat that the management, today decides to honour you all. Indeed you have given the University community the hope of protection.”
While assuring the safety staff of continued support of the University, the Vice-Chancellor said that the Management would give them a token as a mark of its appreciation.
He especially recognised the role of the chief safety officer, Barrister Abdullahi Burga, whom he said coordinated the safety team effectively.
Na’Allah explained that even though the incident left a devastating shock on the University community, it also demonstrated the resolve, commitment and love of the world for the University of Abuja.