Mohammed Idris, the Niger State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, was kidnapped by gunmen in Baban Tunga village, Tarfa Local Government Area, on Sunday.
In a phone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, revealed this.
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At around 11 p.m., gunmen on about fifteen motorcycles wielding sophisticated weapons kidnapped the commissioner, according to Mr Matane. During a heavy rainstorm in the area.
The kidnappers, he said, had not yet made contact.
Wasiu Abiodun, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident to NAN and promised to provide more details later.
In a statement released on Monday, the state’s Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, confirmed the development.
“The commissioner was said to have been kidnapped by bandits from his home in Baban Tunga village in Tafa Local Government of the State at around one o’clock this morning.
“However, security agencies are already on the trail of the bandits in the hopes of apprehending them,” the official said.