8 APC Leaders Kidnapped In Niger
Kidnappers have abducted 8 chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Niger State.
The incident happened in Sarkin-Pawa community in Munya Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night.
Among those abducted were the Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the local government identified as Anthony Francis, as well as the party’s Ward Chairman in the Council Area, Amos Keza.
It was gathered that the remaining six victims were said to be mostly politicians of the APC extraction who had just attended a meeting of their local government chapter of the party.
It was further learnt that after the meeting and as the politicians were returning home the kidnappers, who had laid siege to Zagzaga, around the same spot where the erstwhile Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Munya Divisional Police Station was abducted last November by some unknown gunmen, pounced on them.
The abductors were said to have loaded their victims into a vehicle and drove them right into the bush without any resistance from their unarmed victims.
The abduction of the eight people was said to have thrown the Sarkin-Pawa community into confusion resulting in people running into the comforts of their houses.
It was gathered that the kidnappers had contacted the families of their victims making demands of between 5 million Naira and 13 million Naira depending on the political weight of the victims.
Special Adviser to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in charge of Niger East Senatorial Zone, Pius Wakili, confirmed the abducation saying; "as I speak to you, I am in Sarkin-Pawa discussing with the families of the victims”.
Wakili assured the people of the area that the "government is not relenting in its efforts to protect the lives and property of the people.” He appealed to them to remain calm".
The spokesman of the Niger State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Dan-Nna Abubakar, when contacted also confirmed the incident.
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