- States across the country have continued to record kidnap incidents
- The whereabouts of a government official in unknown after he was abducted from his home
- The Taraba police command disclosed what it is doing about the reported kidnap case
Another kidnapping incident occurred in Nigeria on Tuesday, February 9, when an aide to the Taraba governor, Bala Baba, was abducted.
The Nation, citing a source, reported that Baba was abducted from his residence in the Sabongari area of Jalingo.
The publication learnt that the gunmen fired several shots to scare away residents before abducting the aide who serves as the personal assistant to the deputy governor.
The abduction was confirmed by the spokesperson of the Taraba police command, Reform Leha.
Channels TV reported that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Azare has ordered an investigation into the matter and promised to come up with positive results.
Meanwhile, Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, has said that there is no hope of banditry coming to an end in the northwest since governors in the region have refused to cooperate among themselves.
El-Rufai said although there are attempts at achieving coordination among leaders in the north, the moves fail because state governments adopt different security policies, Premium Times reported.
The governor said this is why it seems governors are engaging in the anti-terrorism battle from different perspectives.
In another news, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has faulted a prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, for urging the government to grant amnesty to bandits.
According to the national publicity secretary of the MBF, Dr Isuwa Dogo, it is strange for FG to use tax money on people who have been killing Nigerians.
The group also questioned Gumi's reason for visiting the bandits.
Meanwhile, in what will bring about different reactions from Nigerians, a criminal has repented of his crime and has vowed not to get involved in banditry again.
The repentant bandit, Auwalun Daudawa also surrendered 20 AK-47 rifles and other weapons to Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle. Going further, he said he wants to enrol in school.
Tribune newspaper reports that he also took an oath with the Holy Quran that he would never go back to the forest.