By Mazino Dickson
The Zamfara Director of Budget, Alhaji Hamza Salihu, has been kidnapped by gunmen.
This development was confirmed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General, Press Affairs to Gov.Bello Matawalle, in a statement released in Gusau on Monday.
He also confirmed the death of Alhaji Kabiru Ismail, Deputy Director (Budget) in the state, who was murdered by the gunmen at the kidnap scene.
A lady passenger in the vehicle was said to have been shot in the leg and abandoned at the kidnap scene in the pool of blood by the abductors.
“Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Matawallen, has described as terrible and disturbing, Sunday afternoon abduction of the state’s Director of Budget, Alhaji Hamza Salihu, who was abducted along with two other persons near Kachia in Kaduna State while on their way to Akwanga in Nasarawa State on an official trip.
“It is very unfortunate that while efforts are being strengthened to stop armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other crimes peacefully without any bloodshed, some bad elements who have chosen to remain unrepentant will still use security uniforms to stop and kidnap unsuspecting law abiding citizens,” he said.
Gov. Matawalle promised to liase with his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, and all security agencies to trace the perpetrators,bring them to book and rescue the victims.
The governor equally condoled with the family of the deceased, Kabiru Ismail, and prayed to God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.