A youth leader in the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC), Malam Bashir Mohammed has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Tudun Wada, Kaduna. The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Force; Kaduna State Command, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu made this announcement from the state police headquarters to newsmen.
Malam Bashir had allegedly alerted the police that he was being watched because of a few weeks ago, some armed men went to his residence and demanded him in his absence. His neighbors warned him and he reported the situation to the Police. An eyewitness at the scene of the abduction claim that the men beat and assaulted Bashir before throwing him in an unmarked vehicle to take him to a destination still unknown.
These witnesses pleaded to remain anonymous and said that “we have alerted the relevant security agencies and will continue to put all efforts until we secure the freedom of our youth leader. We will put him in prayer and we will stand by him 100 percent through his travail until he returns home Insha Allah.”
The abduction of a respected youth leader who also serves an aide to Senator Shehu Sani on Youth matters has raised some speculations that this kidnapping was politically motivated. Senator Sani is expected to contest during the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kaduna State.
Also, Senator Shehu Sani, the senator representing the Kaduna Central senatorial district took to his Facebook account to post the news of Bashir’s abduction. “I have received the news of the abduction of one of my youth leaders and my brother in the person of Mallam Bashir Ahmad by masked gunmen in Kaduna”
There was no mention if the family had received a ransom call nor could any of them be reached for comments but ASP Mukhtar speaking on behalf of the Kaduna State Police Command said that an investigation was being conducted as at the time he made the announcement. It is believed by the police that there is a conspiracy over the kidnap of Bashir. “We have dispatched our men and all efforts are being made to secure his release.