- Ali Pantami, the son of the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has been found just 24 hours after he was kidnapped
- Ali's mother in Bauchi told journalists on Friday, March 25, that the boy was found at a checkpoint in the state
- But the police command in the state claimed ignorance of the abduction and the safe return of the boy to his family
Dambam LGA, Bauchi - It is no longer news that the son of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Ali was whisked away to an unknown destination on a bike by some men after he returned from Islamiyya school on Thursday, March 24.
But The Nation reports that Ali has been found at a checkpoint in the Dambam Local Government Area (LGA) of Bauchi.
Journalists reported that Ali's mother confirmed to them that he is now at home with her.
Moreover, the chief Imam of Isa Ali Jummaat Mosque, Imam Hussaini, confirmed the boy’s release
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He was quoted to have said:
“He is now home with his mom."
However, according to Daily Trust, Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the public relations officer of the Bauchi command, including a superintendent of police, claimed ignorance of the boy's kidnap and release.
Buhari's Minister Pantami adds ‘professor’ to name despite ASUU's rejection of promotion
Meanwhile, amid the controversies trailing his appointment as Professor of Cybersecurity, Isa Ali Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, has added the title of ‘Professor’ to his name on his verified Facebook page.
Checks by Legit.ng on Friday, February 18, indicate that the minister made the change on Sunday, January 16. Some fliers posted on the page also address the minister as professor.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja on Monday, February 14, declared the professorship awarded to Pantami as illegal.
Speaking on behalf of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke argued that it was wrong for Pantami to be a minister and a lecturer in a university at the same time.
In addition, ASUU said it will sanction its members and the vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Owerri (FUTO) who were involved in Pantami's promotion.