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Abductors demand N70m ransom for Kaduna lawmaker


Ibrahim Ismail

Ibrahim Ismail

Unknown gunmen have abducted a sitting member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Samaila, representing Tudun Wada Constituency.Meanwhile, the kidnappers have in a swift move contacted the family of the legislator, demanding N70 million ransom yesterday.

The Kaduna Police Command Spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman, confirmed the incident, saying the technical and anti-kidnapping squad of the command were already on the trail of the kidnappers.

Samaila, who is the chairman, House Committee on Education and member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was kidnapped yesterday at Abakpa community in Kaduna North Local Council.

According to an eyewitness account, “the kidnappers came in a Sienna car and within few seconds whisked the lawmaker away.”The eyewitness added that “the kidnappers, armed with sophisticated weapons, shot at a sachet water distributing van passing by. They had thought the van wanted to block them from escaping.”

Samaila’s abductors was said to have contacted his immediate family to demand for ransom and threatened them not to involve police in the matter. According to a family source, the abductors made the lawmaker speak with his wife on phone.

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