- Hussaini Akwanga, former minister of labour and productivity has been kidnapped
- Kennedy Idirisu, spokesman of the Nasarawa state police command confirmed the abduction in Lafia, Nasarawa state
- Idirisu said Akwanga was kidnapped by gunmen at his farm on Wamba road in Akwanga area of the state
The police command in Nasarawa state has confirmed the abduction of Hussaini Akwanga, former minister of labour and productivity.
Akwanga served during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo but was removed on December 4, 2003, following an alleged $214 million national identity card scam.
Kennedy Idirisu, spokesman of the Nasarawa state police command, confirmed the abduction in Lafia on Wednesday, August 23, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Idirisu said Akwanga was kidnapped by gunmen at his farm on Wamba road in Akwanga on Tuesday, August 22.
According to him, Abubakar Sadiq-Bello, state’s commissioner of police, mobilised policemen led by the deputy commissioner in charge of operations to search for the abducted former minister.
He said: ''As we speak, the commissioner himself has gone to Akwanga to boost the rescue operation to ensure that the victim is released unhurt''.
He reiterated the commitment of the command to rid the state of kidnappers and other criminal elements.
A family source however said that the kidnappers had contacted them, demanding an unspecified amount as ransom.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, addressed the rumour that the president who recently returned from UK after over 100 days on medical leave is not yet strong enough to leave his home.
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