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Gunmen kidnap ex-Katsina TV manager, daughter, three others

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted a former General Manager of the Katsina State Television (KTTV), Ahmed Abdulkadir, and his teenage daughter.

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The incident occurred in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when the gunmen stormed Shema Quarters, in the Bakori council area.

The gunmen reportedly wielded sophisticated weapons and shot sporadically to scare residents before whisking Abdulkadir and his daughter away.

Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen abducted three people and moved them to a thick forest reserve known as a hideout for bandits and related criminals.

Abdulkadir, who practiced journalism for several years, is a retired director at National Broadcast Commission (NBC).

It is unclear as at the time of filing this report if the abductors have called the family members.

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The incident comes less than a week after gunmen abducted the wife and children of a state House of Assembly member representing the area, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami.

In a related development, senior brother to the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa; Kabir, has been released by his abductors Monday night.

Kabir, 78, was abducted in the afternoon of September 1, when he went to check ingoing work at his farm at Daftau community, in Danmusa council area.

Our correspondent gathered that the bandits initially demanded N50 million ransom, but Kabir’s family members later negotiated the amount to N10 million.

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It was, however, gathered that no ransom was paid before he was set free by his kidnappers.

A source familiar with the incident said the informant who gave Kabir’s abductors information that led to his capture, had been apprehended by the police.

He added that some relations of the septuagenarian’s kidnappers were also arrested.

The spokesperson for the police command in the state, SP Gambo Isah was yet to respond to inquiries on both issues at the time of filing this report.


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