Gunmen have kidnapped the 35 year old daughter of former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
No group has taken responsibility but the now resurfaced Ansaru group is known to operate in the area.
Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, DSP Yakubu Sabo said in a statement that the Division Police Office in Samaru, a suburb in Zaria, Kaduna state had reported that armed men gained entrance to the residence of Professor Abdullahi Mustapha, shot and injured the security guard and took away Maryam Abdullahi Mustapha.
Abdullahi Mustapha is a professor of medicinal chemistry.
Succeeded in the kidnapping.
Police engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel and killed one, he said in the statement, adding that they however succeeded in the kidnapping.
An AK47 Magazine loaded with twenty-four live Ammunition and a android mobile phone, were recovered from the deceased kidnapper while 7 empty shells of AK47 ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident.
Investigations and rescue mission is continuing, he added.