Kidnappers of Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar Uba, several hours after his kidnap have contacted his family.
This news reported by Daily Trust, is said to be learnt by credible sources, yesterday.
The Magajin Gari, a senior traditional title holder in Daura Emirate Council in Katsina State, was taken in front of his home. The time of the abduction was after the Muslim Magrib Prayers (6:30 pm) on Wednesday.
“After taking him, they switched off his handsets. Later they linked him up with his family and they had a brief conversation.” A source close to the family of the traditional ruler said.
“The Magajin Gari confirmed that he was actually in captivity and urged them to pray for his release. But couldn’t say much, as the kidnappers seized the phone and switched it off,” the source said.
When further, asked ifs the kidnappers demanded for a ransom, the source said, “Not to my knowledge for now; maybe they did, but what is clear is that they have established contact.”
Another credible source said the Magajin Gari spoke with one of his wives, probably to convict the family that he was alive.
The source claims that the kidnappers had demanded for a ransom but the news reporters could not verify this claim at the moment.
How Did They Manage To Elude Security Operatives?
Meanwhile, a security source said the kidnappers would have been intercepted but for the fact that they deployed different methods to evade arrest.
“The first thing they did after they took him,” the source said “they switched off his phone. So as to avoid the GPS tracking. They also followed an unexpected route in order to divert attention.”
The source further added “they know that the police and other security agencies must have sent signals to different formations and checkpoints with perfect desciription of the vehicle used. Even then, as you must have heard they abductors had a close shave with the police.”
Police Engagement With The Kidnappers
Spokesman of the common, SP Gambo Isah, said the IGP Tactical Squad, SARS teams, Police Mobile Force & counter terrorism units had been despatched to return the victims to his family.
He enjoined the general public to always assist the security agencies with timely and actionable intelligence on the activities of bandits.