Anxiety As Gunmen Kidnap Nasarawa Information Commissioner

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The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Nasarawa State, Yakubu Lawal, has been kidnapped by gunmen who stormed his residence on Monday night and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

The PUNCH gathered that the incident, which occurred in the Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state and was greeted with sporadic shooting, lasted for thirty minutes without any help from security agencies.

A staff of the Government Science Secondary School in the same LGA, Auta Nasela, was killed on Saturday by gunmen on the school premises and another staff sustained injuries during the attack.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Rahman Nansel, said, “On 15/8/2022 at about 8:45 pm, the attention of Policemen on routine patrol was drawn to the sound of sporadic gunshots in the Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

Consequently, Police operatives attached to the Nasarawa Eggon Division raced to the scene while the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi, immediately reinforced the men with a combined detachment of the Police Mobile Force, the Anti kidnapping unit, Military personnel, Vigilante as well as local hunters.

“Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered those unknown gunmen, while shooting sporadically, invaded the residence of one Hon. Yakubu Lawal Addah and forcefully abducted him to an unknown destination.

“The search and rescue operation is ongoing by the combined team, led by Area Commander, Akwanga Area Command, ACP Halliru Aliyu, to rescue the victim unhurt and arrest the perpetrators of the crime.”

Nansel appealed to members of the public with useful information that could assist the command in rescuing the victim or arresting the suspects by reaching out to the command for prompt action.

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