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No contact yet with kidnappers of Borno lawmaker’s mother

BY NDAHI MARAMA

Maiduguri —Two weeks after the mother of Borno State House of Assembly member, Hon Zakariya Dikwa was kidnapped by gunmen, the family was yet to establish contact with her.

The family also expressed concern over the state of health of the 60-year-old woman saying, “We are really worried about her condition and health. How would she cope with the condition where she is kept by her abductors at her age?”

Vanguard learnt that four gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents stormed the residence of the aged woman at Dikwa at about 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 8, and kidnapped her. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen arrived the house in Toyota, Carina Saloon car which number plate could not be recognised.

”Two days after the abduction of mama, they came again and left a note with a letter written in Hausa and a phone number. They said we should call the telephone number. We called several times before they finally picked the call. The kidnappers asked my brother, the house of assembly member whether we knew where our mother is.

”They told him during the telephone conversation that they decided to kidnap mama because my brother was doing haram (forbidden) work. They said the legislative work he was doing was haram, (sin or forbidden in Islam),” one of the children said.


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