Gunmen kidnap Obasanjo’s minister

Gunmen have kidnapped a former minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Hussaini Akwanga, who served in the administration of former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

A spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, DSP Kennedy Idirisu,  confirmed Akwanga’s abduction.

Akwanga served during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo but was removed on December4, 2003, following an alleged $214 million National Identity Card scam.

DSP Kennedy Idirisu, who confirmed the abduction in Lafia on Wednesday, said that Akwanga was kidnapped by gunmen at his farm on Wamba Road in Akwanga on August 22.

Akwanga town is about 46km north of Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.

Idirisu said on receiving report of the abduction, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq-Bello, mobilised policemen, led by the deputy commissioner in charge of operations to search for the abducted former minister.

“As we speak, the commissioner himself has gone to Akwanga to boost the rescue operation, to ensure that the victim is released unhurt.”

Idirisu reiterated the commitment of the command to rid the state of kidnappers and other criminal elements.

Meanwhile, a family source said the kidnappers had contacted them, demanding an unspecified amount as ransom.

On May 6, the mother and sister of a member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Kassim Mohammed, were similarly abducted in Akwanga.


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