Security agents hunt gunmen who abducted Katsina lawmaker’s wife, children

By Gideon Adonai

Gunmen, on Saturday, stormed the country home of a member of the Katsina State House of Assembly representing the Bakori Constituency, Dr Ibrahim Kurami.

The country home is located at the lawmaker’s village, Kurami, in the Bakori Local Government Area of the state.

Residents revealed that the gunmen stormed the house around 9pm, shortly after the Islamic night prayers, and shot at a member of the first aid group of Islam they met at the main gate.

The victim sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to hospital for treatment.

The gunmen thereafter abducted two of the lawmaker’s children and his wife.

Residents said the whereabouts of the trio were still unknown, while the names of the victims could not be ascertained on Sunday.

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It was learnt that the lawmaker, who immediately left for Katsina after participating in Saturday’s local government congress of the All Progressives Congress in the area, was later informed of the incident.

A senior security agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said security operatives had been dispatched in the scene of the incident and the council area to rescue the victims.

“Our men have been on the ground there (Kurami) since Saturday night and a search party has already been launched for the three abducted victims,” the officer said.

The spokesman for the state police command, SP Gambo Isah, could not be reached for comments as his phones continuously rang out. He had also yet to respond to an SMS sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

Kurami’s flat at the lawmakers’ official quarters in Katsina was under lock and key on Sunday, while his official phone lines had also been switched off.

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