Husband of Nigerian president’s niece kidnapped by gunmen

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Kidnapping is on the rise particularly in the north of the country.

Alhaji Musa Umar, the husband of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece, has been kidnapped by four gunmen in the president’s hometown of Daura in Katsina State in northern Nigeria.

The Nigerian Guardian reported on Thursday that the home of Umar was stormed on Wednesday night by the kidnappers who shot into the air after Umar had just returned from praying at the local mosque and was sitting in front of his house with some guests.

Umar is married to the daughter of the president’s sister. He is also the father of Fatima, wife of Colonel Mohammed Abubakar, Buhari’s aide-de-camp (ADC).

Kidnapping in Nigeria is on the rise particularly in the north of the country. Between January and April, at least 685 persons were kidnapped across the country.

Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, chairperson of Universal Basic Education Commission, and his daughter Yasmin were kidnapped on Monday on the notorious Abuja-Kaduna highway. His driver was killed by the gunmen.

After a ransom was paid, they were released the following day.

Attacks by lawless gunmen are also on the rise in Nigeria. In Zamfara State alone more than 8,000 women were made widows by bandits while 16,000 children were made orphans since 2009. Another 9,000 people were injured while over 10,000 houses and silos were destroyed in attacks on property.

– African News Agency

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