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Lafia—The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Nasarawa State, Yakubu Mohammed Lawal, has been kidnapped by gunmen.

Lawal was said to have been abducted from his residence in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state Monday night after sporadic shooting.

Confirming the abduction, yesterday, DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer, said: “On Monday, August 15 at about 8:45 p.m., the attention of Policemen on routine patrol was drawn to the sound of sporadic gunshots in the Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that the operatives attached to Nassarawa-Eggon Division immediately raced to the scene.

“Adesina Soyemi, Commissioner of Police, also reinforced the men with a combined detachment of the Police Mobile Force, the Anti kidnapping unit, military personnel, vigilante as well as local hunters.

“Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the unknown gunmen while shooting sporadically, invaded the residence of the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and abducted him to an unknown destination.

“The search and rescue operation is ongoing by the combined team, led by Area Commander, Akwanga Area Command, ACP Halliru Aliyu to rescue the victim unhurt and arrest the perpetrators of the crime,” he added.

The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police directed that anyone with useful information should assist the command to rescue the victim and arrest the kidnappers.

Recall that gunmen had on Saturday, invaded and killed a staff member of Government Science Secondary School, Nasarawa-Eggon in the same LGA the Commissioner for Information was abducted.

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