Ex-minister Kidnapped Outside Buhari’s Powerful Nephew, Mamman Daura’s Residence
BEVERLY HILLS, November 21, (THEWILL) – A former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse, has been abducted by unknown gunmen in Kaduna.
THEWILL gathered that the incident occurred at about 11 a.m. at the Inuwa Wada Road residence of President Muhammadu Buhari's nephew, Alhaji Mamman Daura, when the former minister came visiting.
Hirse had visited the Kaduna family residence of the late Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, who died last week, on Kabiru Road to condole with the family of the deceased and decided to stop over at Daura's house a few meters away.
Daura was said to have been at home receiving guests and associates including the president's Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari, when the incident happened.
THEWILL gathered that the gunmen on reaching the scene ordered Hirse into a waiting car but he tried to seek further explanations from them and voices were raised, so people started to approach the scene.
As the argument ensued, one of the gunmen raised the gun he was holding and made to shoot but it did not fire. He tried it the second time and it failed, but the third time, a shot rang out and people ran for their dear lives.
Upon hearing the gunshot, Abba Kyari's security detail who were outside Maman Daura's house shot back at the gunmen who quickly forced the former minister into the car and sped off.
Confirming the abduction, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed that Hirse was kidnapped along the street where the president's nephew lives.
He said the police immediately mounted a manhunt to rescue Hirse and arrest the culprits.
Story by Oputah David