Bandits have kidnapped the Commissioner for Information in Niger State, Mohammed Idris.
This was confirmed by the state government on Monday in a statement through its Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje.
The Commissioner was said to have been kidnaped by bandits at about one o’clock in the early hours of today from his home at Baban Tunga village in Tafa local government of the State.
Security agencies are however already on the trail of the bandits, the government’s statement added.
Kidnappings have been on the increase in the northwest and central states of Nigeria where heavily armed criminal gangs operate with foreign workers being occasional targets for ransom abduction.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Aminu Bobi was on Saturday kidnapped in Mariga Local Government Area of the state.
Aminu Bobi who is the Zone C chairman of the ruling party in the state was kidnapped on his farm.
A resident in the area confirmed the incident through a telephone conversation in Minna, explaining that the chairman went to the farm on that day but could not return as he was abducted by the kidnappers.
When contacted for confirmation, the state command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Wasiu Abiodun could not be reached as of the time of filing the report.