- There are conflicting reports over the abduction of Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar Uba, who is President Buhari's in-law
- While some sources claim the abductors already called the victim's family, a close ally of the victim said the family has not had any contact with them (the abductors)
- Similarly, the chairman of Daura local government area, Engr. Abba Mato, said there has been no development regarding the abduction
Abductors of Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar Uba, have reportedly contacted his family several hours after kidnapping him, Daily Trust reports.
The Magajin Gari who is a senior traditional title holder in Daura Emirate Council in Katsina state, President Buhari's home state, was abducted in front of his house in the ancient city of Daura shortly after Maghrib prayers on Wednesday, May 2.
“The abductors of the Magajin Gari, who switched off his handsets after taking him away, linked him up with his family and they had a brief conversation,” one of the sources close to the family of the traditional ruler told Daily Trust.
“The Magajin Gari confirmed to his family that he was actually in captivity and urged them to pray for his release. But before he could say much, the kidnappers seized the phone and switched it off,” he said.
Asked whether the kidnappers demanded ransom, the source said: “Not to my knowledge for now; maybe they did, but what is clear is that they have established contact.”
The newspaper reports that another credible source said the Magajin Gari spoke with one of his wives, probably to convince the family that he was alive.
“They dialled the number of his wife using his phone and they spoke. He confirmed that it was abduction,” the source said.
The source also said the kidnappers had demanded for ransom, but the newspaper said it could not independently verify the claim.
Meanwhile, a security source said the kidnappers would have been intercepted but for the fact that they deployed different methods to evade arrest.
“The first thing they did after they took off from his house was to switch off his phones, to avoid being tracked using GPRS. They also followed an unexpected route in order to divert attention.
“They know that the police and other security agencies must have sent signals to different formations and checkpoints with perfect description of the vehicle used in forcefully taking the traditional ruler away. Even then, as you must have heard the abductors had close shave with the police.
“Initially we thought they hid him along the Nigerian border with Niger Republic, but intelligence shows otherwise,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Aminu Jamo, who is a close ally of the Magajin Gari, said the whole family shared in the grief and had resorted to prayers for his safe return.
Jamo, however, dismissed the claim that the kidnappers established a contact with the family.
He said: “As a family, we don’t have any communication (with the abductors). As I told you, what happened since his abduction was that we went into prayer mood. Nobody slept on the day of the abduction.”
Similarly, the chairman of Daura local government area, Engr. Abba Mato, said there was no any development.
“We are waiting and praying,” he said.
He said the family was being careful not to speak so as not to jeopardise the rescue effort.
Special prayers were held on Thursday night, May 2, at the palace of the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk, just as Jumma’a mosques have been directed to hold prayers continuously.
Magajin Garin Daura, a retired Customs Controller and a cousin of the Emir of Daura, is married to Hajiya Bilki, a niece to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He is also the father of Fatima, who is married to the President Buhari’s Aide De Camp (ADC), Col. Mohammed Abubakar.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Katsina police command confirmed that its officer, an inspector Muntari Maikudi attached to Kusada division was shot by abductors of Magajin Garin Daura.
The command said its patrol teams at the division engaged the abductors in a gun duel that led to the shooting of Maikudi.
Gambo Isah, the spokesman of the command, in a statement, said the police officer sustained a gunshot injury and was rushed to Federal Medical Center Katsina for treatment.
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