02 Jan Nigeria: Police Launch Investigation into Abduction of Local Government Chairman in Nasarawa
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
On January 2, 2024, the Police Command in Nasarawa State announced that it is actively investigating the abduction of Safiyanu Isa-Andaha, the Chairman of Akwanga Local Government Area (LGA). Gunmen were reported to have taken the local government official, prompting swift action from law enforcement.
DSP Ramhan Nansel, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the ongoing investigation, revealing that Umar Nadada, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, has mobilized personnel to pursue the culprits and secure the safe release of the chairman and another individual who were kidnapped.
The abduction took place around 8:30 p.m. in Ningo village of Akwanga LGA. Nansel emphasized the collaborative efforts of the police with other security agencies to track down the kidnappers and ensure the unhurt release of the victims. He urged the public, especially those from villages in the area, to provide any useful information that could aid in the rescue operation and lead to the apprehension of the perpetrators.
Mr. Haruna Kassimu, Special Adviser (SA) to Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and close associates of the LG chairman confirmed the incident. According to Kassimu, the LG chairman and one Adamu Custom were abducted at Ningo village in Akwanga around 8:30 p.m. on Monday.
The swift response from the police and the mobilization of resources highlight the urgency with which authorities are addressing this distressing situation. The call for public cooperation underscores the importance of community involvement in ensuring the safety and security of individuals affected by such criminal acts.
As investigations unfold, the community awaits updates on the progress of the rescue mission and hopes for the swift and safe return of the abducted local government chairman and the other victim. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by local authorities in maintaining law and order, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to address security concerns in the region.