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Armed Gang Kidnaps Retired NBC Director And Daughter In Northwest Nigeria

Local Vigilantes in Katsina State engaged the assailants in a gun battle, but all the abductees could not escape.

An armed gang has abducted Ahmed Abdulkadir, a former National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) director and his 15-year-old daughter after they attacked  their home in Bakori Housing Units in  Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.

The incident was said to have taken place around 9 p.m. WAT on Monday, Sept. 6. According to a Daily Trust report, the assailants who were armed with AK-47 rifles raided some other homes in the area and took away five persons.

Other victims were identified as Alhaji Bello Aminu Bakori, Shamsuddeen Aminu, and Habibu Rabe.

But about one hour after the abductions took place, local vigilantes operating in the area went after the assailants and engaged them in a gun battle which led to the escape of three victims. Both Abdulkadir and his daughter did not make it out.

When HumAngle contacted Gambo Isah, the police spokesperson in the State to confirm the news, he declined comments. The development is coming a few hours after the abduction of a lawmaker’s family members in the state.

The Northwest region has come under terrorist attacks in recent times, with killings and mass abductions occurring at a disturbing frequency.

On Aug. 23, HumAngle traced the reports of insecurity from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21 and found that 79 persons were killed while 122 persons were abducted. Majority of the figures emanated from the Northwest region.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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