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Terrorists Abduct Lawmaker’s Father, Step-mom In Northwest Nigeria

The lawmakers' parents were forcefully taken from their home in Magarya town, in one of the rare high-profile kidnapping cases in Zamfara state.

A terror gang has abducted the parents of  Nasiru Muazu Magarya, Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, in Northwest Nigeria.

According to BBC Hausa, the terrorists forced their way into the home of the Speaker in Magarya town of Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday evening after attacking surrounding villages.

“They were not able to enter the house directly until they used heavy weapons to shoot down the house’s doors; that’s when they were able to enter,” Mustapha Jafaru Kaura, the the Director-General, Press and Public Affairs, Zamfara State House of Assembly, told BBC Hausa.

Kaura said the father of the Speaker, who is also the traditional leader of Magarya town, was abducted along with five other members of his family.

Mohammed Shehu, police spokesperson in the state confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau, Zamfara  capital.

“The command has deployed a squad of security personnel to rescue the abducted persons,” Shehu said.

Zamfara State is the epicentre of the terrorism battling the Northwest region.

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