Armed men in army camouflage kidnap Miyetti Allah’s Chairman in Kogi

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The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kogi State, Alhaji Wakili Damina, has been kidnapped.

The state Secretary of MACBAN, Mr Adamu Abubakar, told journalists in Lokoja on Tuesday that Damina was abducted April 30 by some armed men dressed in army camouflage.

He said witnesses said that the kidnappers, numbering about eight, came in a white bus at about 12 noon to “forcefully” take away the Chairman from his house at Chikara village, Kogi Local Government.

Abubakar said that he was informed of the incident about an hour later by the younger brother of Damina who claimed he witnessed the incident.

The Secretary said he immediately called the phone number of the missing Chairman and it rang out but was switched off when he repeated the call an hour later.

“Since then, his lines are not reachable and all efforts to know his whereabouts proved abortive,” he said.

Abubakar said that he immediately notified the state Commissioner of Police of the development, adding that the state government was also informed through the Special Adviser on security matters to the governor, Mr Jerry Omodara.

The Secretary said that he and some members of the association visited the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja, to know if Damina was in their custody but they said no.

He also said that a search party raised by MACBAN had visited other places, including abattoirs in and around Abuja to no avail.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ede Ayuba, when contacted, said that the police are yet to locate the whereabouts of the Chairman.

The Commissioner said that immediately he was informed of the incident, he called Damina’s phone severally but there was no response.

Ayuba said efforts to get detailed information about the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area where the incident happened were unsuccessful as the matter was not officially reported to him.

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  1. […] Governor Bello made the statement despite the recent attack that claimed the life of a commissioner and the abduction of a local government area in the north-central state. In his words: “I will reiterate that Kogi State is the safest state in Nigeria today. It doesn’t mean that there are no pockets of issues that we are grappling with. “Yes, there are some notorious spots in the state, like I always say, they will come in their numbers but they will never return back, especially the criminals,” Bello told Channels TV. In a related development, Governor Bello said his administration is working hard to rescue Mr Pius Kolawole, the abducted Chairman of Yagba West Local Governments Area of the state. This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Kingsley Fanwo. READ ALSO: Armed men in army camouflage kidnap Miyetti Allah’s Chairman in Kogi […]

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