September 29, 2009

Kidnappers abduct Kaduna SSG’s driver

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — The abduction of the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government (SSG), Mr. Waje Yayok, a week ago, took a twist weekend with the alleged kidnap of his official driver by the same kidnappers even as Governor Mohammed Namadi Sambo has embarked on a trip to London.

The driver whose name was not immediately known was said to have been kidnapped when he reportedly took N2 million feeding money to the SSG’s kidnappers at a location in Rigachikun, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis.

The state government was said to have given him the money for onward delivery to his boss, as demanded by the kidnappers who were said to have alerted the family that Yayok would die of hunger if the money was not sent for his feeding.

However, an aide to the SSG has been arrested by the police for allegedly conniving with the kidnappers and giving them information on the movement of the money and the driver.

Police sources said there had been anxiety in government quarters following the non-release of the SSG after releasing of the money.

It was alleged that when the money was given to the driver, he used the SSG’s official car instead of the one with security number leading the kidnappers to seize him and the money and abandoning the car later.

Government was said to have expressed embarrassment over the development, even as security sources hinted that a personal assistant to the SSG was now being detained in connection with his involvement in the kidnap saga.

At press time, the SSG’s official car which was used in the act has been towed to the police headquarters in Kaduna.