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An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission was kidnapped by suspected bandits in Dangwandi village, Gebe district of Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
This is coming after four persons were killed, including two policemen and several others were kidnapped along the dreaded Sokoto-Isa road on Friday.
The Executive Secretary, Isa Local Government Council, Alhaji Muhammad Makoshi, dropped the hint while speaking with journalists who were on election monitoring in the area.
He said the victim, Surajo Muhammad, who is a Presiding Officer in charge of the area, was kidnapped while on duty.
Makoshi said the incident was confirmed few hours after a call was put through to the victim’s phone line but one of the kidnappers responded that the victim had been abducted.
“We just received the news that one of the INEC Presiding Officers has been kidnapped in Dangwandi village of Gebe district. He was on supervision tour of the area when he was abducted.
“We have called his phone line and one of the kidnappers has confirmed that he had been kidnapped. But we will try our best to ensure that he is set free,” he explained.
The Executive Secretary, however, decried the incessant killings and kidnappings of innocent citizens of the area by bandits.
“Just yesterday, four persons were killed, including two policemen and several others were kidnapped along Sokoto-Isa road. During the incident, about eight vehicles were stopped and the occupants were abducted,” he further disclosed.
Makoshi noted that although the security agencies are trying their best to salvage the ugly trend, he, however, urged the Federal Government to further deploy more security personnel to complement the existing ones.