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Kidnappers abduct Gombe lawmaker

31 December 2012, 11:05

Gombe  - Unidentified persons have kidnapped a member of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Jalo Ganga (PDP-Gombe North ), in his residence in the Gombe metropolis on Sunday.

A source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the kidnappers with a motorcycle, abducted the lawmaker around 5 a.m. when he was going for his morning prayers. The source said the lawmaker shouted for help to no avail as his captors were bent on taking away to an unknown destination.

The Commissioner of Police in Gombe, Malam Mohammed Sule, confirmed the incident, saying that the lawmaker was kidnapped on Sunday morning. “Yes, we just heard this morning that some hoodlums came with a motorcycle while he was going to pray. “He was accosted and they took him on a motorcycle; it seemed a vehicle was parked close to his house, because people said they heard a sound of a vehicle zoom off, ” he said.

The police chief explained that the kidnappers abandoned their motorcycle with no plate number. He assured the public that the police comand would do all within it powers to rescue the lawmaker. “My investigators and intelligence officers are already working to trace his whereabouts and the motive behind his kidnap," he said.

He noted that two mobile phones owned by the lawmaker were abandoned, wondering if a ransom was the motive for the kidnap. The Gombe State Director of the State Security Services (SSS), Mr Bitrus Asher, also confirmed the incident. The Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Inuwa Garba, said: "we are making some efforts please and I don't want to say anything about it now".

NAN reports that Ganga who is the Chairman of House Committee on Finance, was at the Seventh Annual Cultural Festival, staged by the Tangale ethnic group on Saturday (NAN)


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