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List, pictures and story of 10 ‘high profile’ people kidnapped in Katsina in 2019

List, pictures and story of 10 ‘high profile’ people kidnapped in Katsina in 2019

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List and story of 10 ‘high profile’ people kidnapped in Katsina in 2019

The issue of insecurity and rising spate of kidnappings in Katsina State and some other northwestern states is quite alarming.

Though the security agencies are trying their best in trying to contain the situation, there seems to be a long way to go.

With just five months into 2019, Katsina State recorded many kidnappings and here, Katsina Post took time to highlight just some of the ‘highly profiled’ kidnappings that happened within the period.

Month of May

1- Gunmen attack Daura town, kidnapped President Buhari’s inlaw (May)

In the early days of the month of May, some unknown gunmen attacked Daura town of Katsina State just after sunset and kidnapped a business mogul, former Customs officer, and Buhari’s inlaw, Alhaji Musa Umar.

Alhaji Musa Umar who is also the Magajin Garin Daura is marrying Buhari sister’s daughter, Hajiya Bilki.

The traditional ruler is also the father of Fatima Musa, wife of Colonel Mohammed Abubakar, the Aide de Camp, ADC, to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sources told Katsina Post that the attackers shot sporadically to disperse the crowd and picked the traditional ruler in a Peugeot 406.

He is still with the kidnappers for more than a month now.

2- Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic lecturer kidnapped by gunmen

A lecturer at the Department of Technical Education, Hassan Usman Polytechnic Katsina, Dr. Bello Birchi, was also kidnapped in same month of May.

Birchi was whisked away at his country home, at about midnight at Tashar Bara’u village along Dutsinma road in Katsina state.

The chairman of Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic (ASUP), Dr. Sabi’u Yau Abdullahi, who confirmed the development said the union is greatly disturbed over the unfortunate incidence.

He was later released after spending days with his abductors and an undisclosed sum of a ransom of paid.

3- Masari’s former S. A., Ruwan Godiya apprehended by kidnappers (May)

One of the former Special Advisers to the Katsina State Governor and a vocal Comrade, Bashir Usman Ruwan Godiya is reportedly picked up by kidnappers in the early hours of Friday, 31st May 2019.

Ruwan Godiya, a lecturer of the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic was reportedly picked up by the kidnappers when he took the ransom money they earlier demanded before the release of a lecturer of the same institution they picked earlier.

He also regained his freedom after spending hours in captivity and payment of ransom.

Month of April

4- Unknown gunmen kidnap Katsina top FG agency’s staff

The Public Relations of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Muntari Ibrahim popularly known as “Muntari Kwai” was kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja expressway last April, Daily Trust reports.

His son, Ibrahim Muntari who confirmed the development said the incidence happened on Tuesday afternoon when he along with his brother Tasi’u Isah were returning to Abuja.

He was later released after he sold some of his assets and emptied his bank account and paid his abductors just hours to his daughter’s marriage.

Month of March

5- Famous Qur’anic reciter, 5 others kidnapped in Katsina

Malam Ahmad Sulaiman, the popular qur’anic reciter, and Islamic scholar was also kidnapped in Katsina in March, 2019.

The Kano-based Qur’anic scholar was kidnapped on his way to Katsina along Sheme to Kankara Local Government in the state.

It was learned that Malam Ahmad abducted together with five companies who were reportedly coming back from Kebbi.

He was later rescued by combined efforts of Nigerian security officers’ operations in DanMusa LGA.

6- Masari’s Inlaw, Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf kidnapped by masked gunmen

Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf, the mother-in-law to Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, was also kidnapped at the eve hour of gubernatorial elections in Katsina.

It was learned that other people who live in the house were thoroughly beaten just as their mobile telephones were carted away.

However, she was released after N30m ransom was paid to the kidnappers before they were caught and recently paraded by the Police.

Month of February

7- Katsina Assembly’s Chief Whip daughter, 2 others kidnapped

A married woman and daughter to the Chief Whip of Katsina state House of Assembly, Bello Abdu Danmusa was kidnapped according to Daily trust reports.

Hajiya Amina Danmusa is married to one Muftahu Yakubu Ciro in Danmusa town where the incidence occurred.

Katsina Post could not independently verify whether she was released or not.

Month of January

8- Katsina United coach reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen

Abdullahi Biffo who is the handler of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Katsina United was declared kidnapped after being missing for close to two weeks.

His number was switched off for the past 2 weeks with the management of Katsina United claiming that the former Giwa FC coach is in Germany for some business.

But according to the report gathered by Katsina Post Abdullahi Biffo was reportedly kidnapped in which the abductors are said to have made a demand of N15 million ransom.

9- Gunmen attacked Galadiman Katsina’s convoy, kidnapped his orderly

Some unknown gunmen attacked Galadiman Katsina, district Head of Malumfashi Justice Mamman Nasir (Rtd)’s convoy on his way to Malumfashi on one Monday night in January and whisked away with his orderly.

Sources said the district head was the target for the kidnappers but he was saved by God grace when a yet-to-be-identified person duped the evil doers by driving him away from them in another vehicle.

Another source we get was that the kidnappers actually wanted to abduct the traditional ruler but they later abandoned because he could not walk him due to his ailment.

Katsina Post could not independently verify whether he was released or not.

10 – Again, gunmen abduct Katsina female councillor

Unknown gunmen also kidnapped one Honourable Amina Bello Maje, one of the newly appointed councillors from Charanci Local Government of Katsina State.

Hon. Amina according to our sources is a daughter to former Charanchi Local Government chairman, Ho. Bello Maje.

The gunmen reportedly stormed her residence at around 1:30 am on Wednesday morning and whisked her away.

Katsina Post could not independently verify whether she was released or not.

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