Gunmen have rustled up commotion in a Zamfara State community after whisking a top official to an unknown destination.
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Alhaji Yahuza Ibrahim, the Vice Chairman of Anka Local Government Area in Zamfara, has been kidnapped.
This development was to newsmen by the Chairman of the council, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad, in Anka on Wednesday.
According to Daily Post, Muhammad, who was in tears, said he received the report of the incident from the victim’s home village, Wiya, in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said eye witnesses from Ibrahim’s village said gunmen drove into the settlement on Tuesday night and fired gunshots into the air before they took away the vice chairman.
He said shortly after he received the report, he got a phone call from a hidden number in which a male voice spoke to him in Hausa language and asked for a ransom of N5 million to facilitate the safe release of the victim.
“It was then that we realised that the kidnap was real and had been carried out by bandits who hide in the nearby bushes,” the chairman said.
He said he had already reported the matter to the state government as well as all security agencies in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Muhammad Shehu, however, said he could not confirm or deny the report because he was on his way back to the state from a trip.