- Presidency has reacted to the abduction of district head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Uba
- The president's spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the development shows that security agencies are not giving any town preferential treatment
- Shehu also scored the Buhari-led administration 98% in the fight against insurgency
The presidency has reacted to the abduction of the district head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Uba, who is also President Muhammadu Buhari’s in-law.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the abduction of the president's in-law shows that security agencies are not giving any town preferential treatment.
The president’s spokesman said this during an interview on Kakaaki, a breakfast television programme on AIT.
Responding to a question on the increasing cases of banditry as evidenced by the abduction of the head of the president’s township, Shehu said: “Well, that has happened but I think that brings the message home that it is a national problem and that because the president comes from Daura, that is not to say there cannot be crime in Daura or Daura will be specially treated.
“The army said two days ago that there are clear pointers that these problems are beyond criminality.”
Daily Independent reports, however, reports that the Katsina state commissioner of police, Sanusi Buba, incidentally relocated to Daura over the weekend in an alleged bid to rescue Uba.
Shehu, however, scored the Buhari-led administration 98% in the fight against insurgency.
“If you ask me about the biggest security (challenge) we met on the ground, it is Boko Haram terrorism and I will score this administration 98% coming this far because Boko Haram is now confined to the fringes of Lake Chad. As a matter of fact, they jump in and out and mainly occupy communities that have not been re-occupied by their owner,” he said.
Also reacting to a report by the acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu’s claim that 1,071 persons lost their lives in crime-related cases across the country in the first quarter of 2019, Shehu said despite the recent spike in killings, banditry and kidnapping, the statistics was still better than that of the previous administration.
The president's spokesman said although he would not want to compare figures, the facts remain sacred.
“Yes, there has been a recent spike (in attacks) but this is not to suggest that this has never happened in the country and they are beginning just now because President Buhari is out of the country.
“You mentioned the numbers but I want to say from our own point of view in the presidency, we have avoided comparing numbers because it will lead to the same criticisms that some people have made of being insensitive because even if it is one life of a Nigerian that is lost, it is important, it cannot be justified, it cannot be defended.
“But anybody who takes the trouble to check the presidential website; at some point, Femi (Adesina) had done the numbers and the staggering numbers put on display coming from the past are nothing comparable to these numbers but we will not take it lightly,” he said.
He also spoke on President Buhari's 'private visit' to the United Kingdom for 11 days.
Shehu said the president was entitled to rest even as he claimed that Buhari was in firm control of the nation during the trip.
He said security agencies were doing their best but noted that things would not change overnight but would take some time.
The abducted district head is also the father-in-law to Buhari’s Aide-de-camp, 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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