A brother to one of the closest associates and confidants of former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Umar Hammandikko has been kidnapped by gunmen at Njoboliyo in Yola South local government of Adamawa State, FOMBINATIMES has learnt.
Umar Hammandiko is a younger brother to Jauro Turaki one of the closest allies of the former vice president.
Sources privy to the event told FOMBINATIMES that Hammandikko was kidnapped on Saturday night around 11 pm at Njoboli by 5 heavily armed gunmen who shot into the air to create panic and whisked the victim away.
The source said: “The abductors, five in number, armed to the teeth with guns, whisked him away to an unknown destination.”
The source added that the abductors have contacted the family failed to reveal how much they demanded as ransom for undisclosed reasons.
The kidnap of Hammandiko was the first incident recorded in weeks following intensified efforts by security operatives to tame the menace in the state.
It could be recalled that few weeks ago, a permanent secretary with the state government as well as the stepmother of the senator representing Adamawa North, Cliff Abbo were abducted and released. Since then no high profile kidnapping was recorded in the state.
Confirming the incident, the image-maker of Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje said already police crack team has been deployed to the area to effect the rescue of the victim and arrest the culprits.