Makurdi kidnapping

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Makurdi kidnapping
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Location of Benue State in Nigeria
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On 24 April 2021, gunmen kidnapped students from the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.[1][2][3][4] According to eye witnesses three students were kidnapped,[5][6][7] but two students were confirmed kidnapped later. This is Nigeria's fifth kidnapping from an academic institution in 2021, and the sixth since December 2020, coming just four days after the Greenfield University kidnapping.[8]


On 28 April 2021, the University Director, Information, Protocol and Public Relations, Rosemary Waku, released a statement confirming the return of the abducted students.[9] According to the university’s spokesperson, the two students came back on 27 April 2021 unhurt. The Police Public Relations Officer of Benue State Police Command, Catherine Anene, also confirmed the release of the students, although she had initially said that three students were kidnapped earlier in the week.[10]

See also[edit]

  • Afaka kidnapping
  • Greenfield University kidnapping


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  2. "Gunmen kidnap three university students in Benue". Premium Times. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  3. "Three Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi students kidnapped by gunmen". Vanguard NGR. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  4. "Violence Escalates Across Nigeria As Armed Bandits Kill 9 Police Officers in Kebbi State". Legit NG. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  5. "Benue university students abducted: FUAM kidnap update, Igbariam Anambra killings, Nigeria Army security meeting for Rivers". BBC. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  6. "JUST IN: Students kidnapped at Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi". PM News Nigeria. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  7. "Benue University Students Abducted On Campus". Daily Trust. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  8. "Gunmen Abduct Benue University Students". Channels TV. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  9. "Kidnapped FUAM Students Regain Freedom". 2021-04-28. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  10. "BREAKING: Kidnapped Benue Varsity Students Regain Freedom". 2021-04-28. Retrieved 2021-04-28.

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