- Family members of the commissioner of youth and sports in Sokoto, Bashir Gorau, have been kidnapped
- The sad news was broken by the commissioner in a statement issued on Wednesday, March 3
- Gorau, however, said that the kidnappers have not reached out to the family
There was palpable tension in Sokoto on Wednesday, March 3, as some gunmen suspected to be bandits abducted the sister-in-law and brother of the state commissioner for youth and sports development, Bashir Gorau, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the commissioner broke the news of the abduction on his verified Facebook account on Wednesday, March 3.
He said the bandits attacked their house in Gorau town, Goronyo local government area and abducted the wife of his elder brother, Alhaji Lawali Gorau and one of his brothers, Hassan Manya.
"Innalillahi wa Inna wa innalillahi Rajiuun! It’s about 12:45 am that bandits attacked our House in Gorau Town, Goronyo local government area and abducted wife of our elder brother Alhaji Lawali Gorau and one of our brothers Hassan Manya. May God protect and return them to us safely, Amin. In need of your prayers fellow Muslim.”
The newspaper stressed that the commissioner said the bandits shot into the air when they stormed the house.
He said it could have been a targeted crime because apart from his sister-in-law and brother, they didn’t take anybody in the village.
When asked if the kidnappers had contacted the family, he said, “We are still waiting for their call to know their demands.”
The issue of banditry is one of the major challenges confronting President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Buhari has repeatedly charged security agencies to check the high wave of crime but attacks have been on the rise.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Osogbo/Ibokun road in Osun state was a dangerous spot on Tuesday, March 2, as some gunmen succeeded in killing a passenger and abducted many more on the expressway.
It was reported that the incident took place in the Obokun local government area in the evening. Amotekun corps' field commander in the state, Amitolu Shittu, confirmed the development, having been at the scene of the crime.
Shittu disclosed that the gang launched their deadly attack with AK-47 rifles, adding that investigation into the tragedy has commenced.
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