UNIABUJA final-year student goes missing amid worsening insecurity

Missing UNIABUJA student Halima Mahmud

A final-year student of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) Halima Mahmud has been declared missing by her family.

Ms Mahmud, 21, was last seen on Tuesday after departing the university’s main campus along Airport Road.

Her elder sister Amina said the electrical engineering student left her parents’ home at Gwagwalada on Tuesday morning for the varsity’s main campus to continue her undergraduate project work.

“She was last seen in the morning yesterday as she left for school. She reached out by 3 p.m. saying she was on her way back home (and asked) if food was ready. She still didn’t get home after five hours,” she told Premium Times.

According to Amina, the school campus is about 15-minute drive from their parents’ home.

A search for her at the campus by her parents yielded no result, she said.

“At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, while we were persistently calling her number, someone picked up the call and said the owner of this phone is dead, the owner of this phone is dead and started speaking Hausa. When we were asking ‘Where are you? Where are you?’ the person hung up and this person refused to pick up our calls,” she said.

Amina added that a police officer at the Nigerian Police Force headquarters in Abuja helped in tracking Mahmud’s phone number and discovered that the call was made on Nasarawa road, Kano State.

She said the police promised to give a full report on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, assured that the FCT Administration was taking steps to address security challenges affecting some sections of the territory.