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Gunmen kidnap prominent Kogi monarch

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The Kogi State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of a first-class traditional ruler, Alhaji Shaibu Usman, the acting Eje of Ankpa in Ankpa Council of the state.

Usman was said to have been kidnapped about 5:30am yesterday as he entered the mosque to observe his early morning prayers.

Although his abductors are yet to make any contact with the family, but the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ayuba Ede, who confirmed the incident, said the Police had cordoned all entry and exit points into the state, with the view to rescuing the traditional ruler.

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The commissioner said the kidnappers had laid ambushed at the mosque and zoomed off immediately with the traditional ruler after abducting him to yet to be ascertained destination.

Speaking on the incident, Kogi State Commissioner for Information and communication, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said efforts were on to ensure that the traditional ruler was secured safely. 

“The state government is working with security agencies to ensure his release and has also put machinery in motion to ensure even more stringent security network during this Yuletide. 

“The people of Ankpa should remain calm, as government is on top of the situation. We remain committed to security of lives and property.”

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