…N300m ransom allegedly demanded

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA – Pandemonium in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State as unknown gunmen stormed the area and kidnapped the mother, Hajiya Aisha Innatu and elder sister, Hajiya Dudua of the Executive Director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA – Labour and Cabotage Services, Alh. Gambo Ahmad Mahuta.


The kidnappers disguised in female wears were said to have stormed the Tudun Bala Maiduna area of Malumfashi around 10pm on Saturday night and whisked away the duo.

Information from the area has it that the kidnappers came after the NIMASA Boss but failure to see him, they settled for the kidnap of his mother who was on her sick bed and Hajiya Dudua, his elder sister who was looking after the sick mother.

The source said the kidnappers took them away including the sick mother who was suffering from paralysis but upon complain about her (mother) ill health the persons freed her from captivity.

The source also said a sum of N300 million has been demanded as ransom to secure the release of the elder sister, Hajiya Dudua.

Among the son’s of the sick mother is Former Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Sokoto, Hussaini Mahuta.

Earlier, a resident of Malumfashi, Ismail A. Sanda posted on his facebook wall, “From Allah we come and to him we will return. At about 10pm of this night, kidnappers stormed Alh Gambo Ahmad Mahuta’s house in Malumfashi were they attempted to kidnap his mother, but the plan failed and they decided to kidnap his elder sister whom we don’t know the destination she was taken to.

“We need prayers for Allah to ensure her release hale and hearty. May Allah protect us all. Amin,” the post reads.

Meanwhile, as at the time of filing in this report, effort to confirm the incident from the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah proved abortive as he was picking call put across to his mobile phone.



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