Police Keep Mum Over Kidnapped Ex-Minster

By Bright Bassey

The Nigerian Police is yet to comment on the abduction of Bagudu Hirse, former minister of foreign affairs. Newsbreak.Ng understands a search and rescue effort for Hirse may be undertaken by a hybrid of security forces, particularly the Department of State Security, DSS, to avoid a slack.

Hirse was abducted Sunday in Kaduna while he had gone to condole the Dasukis over their patriarch ex-Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki.

The incident reportedly took place in front of Mamman Daura’s residence, an in-law to the Dasukis and cousin of President Muhammadu Buhari, at Ungwan-Rimi.

The former minister was reported to be with a friend when the kidnappers struck, sparking a gunfight between them and Daura’s security details.  The abductors, reports claimed, were masked.

“They asked him to get into their car but he attempted to resist by demanding for explanations from them but when people started approaching the scene, one of them raised up a gun and made an attempt to pull the trigger but it did not respond.

“He tried it the second time and it failed. It was the third time a shot was released into the air and everybody scamper for safety.

“It was after then, they forced him into the car, removed his babariga (flowing gown) and cap and threw them on the ground. They thereafter drove away,” a report quoted an unnamed eyewitness as saying.


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