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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Police confirm ex-minister’s abduction in Nasarawa




The police command in Nasarawa State has confirmed the abduction of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Hussaini Akwanga.

He served during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, but was removed on December 4, 2003, following an alleged $214 million national identity card scam.

Spokesman Kennedy Idirisu, who confirmed the abduction in Lafia yesterday, said Akwanga was kidnapped by gunmen on his farm on Wamba Road, Akwanga on August 22.

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

Idirisu said on receiving information on the abduction, Police Commissioner 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 the victim is released unhurt.”

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

Meanwhile, a family source told NAN that 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, Kassim Mohammed, were abducted in Akwanga.



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