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‘Former minister’s abduction was like a scene in a horror movie’

By Isa Abdulsalami, Jos with Agency Reports
22 November 2016   |   3:20 am
An eyewitness to the kidnap of Mr. Bagudu Hirse, has said the abduction of the former Foreign Affairs Minister in Kaduna on Sunday, was “like a scene in a horror movie.”
Hirse

Hirse

Kidnappers mistook Hirse  for Daura, Buhari’s cousin

An eyewitness to the kidnap of Mr. Bagudu Hirse, has said the abduction of the former Foreign Affairs Minister in Kaduna on Sunday, was “like a scene in a horror movie.”

The witness, Mr. Samuel Pukat, an Abuja-based businessman, said in Jos yesterday that he was with Hirse when the gunmen pounced on him.

“We were in Kaduna and decided to pay a condolence visit to Alhaji Mamman Daura over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki.

Mamman’s wife is from the late Dasuki’s family, so we decided to show our concern, and arrived Daura’s house around 9:00a.m.”

He said they were first told that Daura had traveled and had made to leave after signing the condolence register. “But just as we were going to the car, a younger brother to Mamman came out and told us to wait for him (Mamman) to come.

“About the same time, two vehicles, on fast speed, drove into the compound and some gunmen in masks jumped out and headed directly to Hirse. My feeling is that they mistook him (Hirse) for Mamman because both seem to have the same stature and wear their caps the same way,” he said.

The eyewitness said that the men, after instilling fear in everyone in sight, grabbed Hirse by his big gown and dragged him to one of the cars, pushed him in, and drove off on high speed.

“Everyone was terrified; we were all fear-stricken and by the time we recovered, Hirse was gone and we were left dumbfounded,” he said.

He added that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abba Kyari, later emerged from the house and quickly called for more security cover around the premises.

Pukat also confirmed that the abductors had reached out to Hirse’s family members. “They first reached me; it was Hirse’s voice that was on the line before the abductors took over,” he said.

He, however, refused to give details of the discussions with the abductors. He said that the family had embarked on prayers for the safe and quick release of the former minister.