Umar Muhammed, Lafia
Gunmen on Thursday night kidnapped two wives of the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Aliyu Ahmed.
The incident took place around 10pm in Nasarawa, the headquarters of the Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.
It was learnt that the gun-wielding unidentified men, who came in a black Peugeot 406 car, were said to have overpowered the policemen attached to the area and invaded the residence of the commissioner, taking his two wives to an unknown destination.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the gunmen were said to have asked for the whereabouts of Ahmed, but because he was not around, they abducted his wives.
A family member of the commissioner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “They came to Nasarawa town in the night and started shooting sporadically into the air and scared all the residents in the area away. Before we knew what was going on, they went inside the house of the commissioner and kidnapped his two wives.”
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Bello, said the command was aware of the incident and that a rescue operation was ongoing to ensure the victims’ release.”
Asked whether the kidnappers had demanded ransom, he said, “I have dispatched a team to ensure their safe release.”