Gunmen kidnapped Mohammed Idris, the Niger State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Sunday in the village of Baban Tunga in the state’s Tarfa local government area.
During a phone conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government, confirmed this information.
According to Mr. Matane, the commissioner was kidnapped at 11 p.m. by gunmen who showed up on about 15 motorcycles and were armed to the teeth with advanced weaponry.
The abductors, he continued, had not yet made contact with him to make any demand for his freedom.
Wasiu Abiodun, the state’s police public relations officer, affirmed the incident to NAN and pledged to release additional information later.
Also on Monday, Mary Noel-Berje, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, authenticated the incident. According to the official, it was disclosed that
The commissioner was said to have been kidnaped by bandits at about one o’clock in the early hours of today from his home at Baban Tunga village in Tafa Local Government of the State.
Security agencies, however, are already trailing the bandits with a view to apprehending them