Gunmen in the early hours of Friday kidnapped Hajiya Maisitiyari, the mother-in-law of the governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that the armed hoodlums stormed the elderly woman’s Katsina Layout residence on motorcycles and abducted her.
Aged 80 years, Hauwa is the mother to Binta Masari, one of the three wives of the governor.
Although information concerning the circumstances of the abduction is still sketchy, local sources revealed that the abductors came fully masked and with heavy weaponry, broke into the house and took her away.
According to the source, some members of the house were thoroughly beaten just as mobile telephones were carted away.
Already, sympathizers have besieged the residence lamenting and discussing the incident just as security personnel were spotted gathering information.
However, the police are yet to make comments on the incident despite repeated reach out to the spokesman of the command, Gambo Isah.
Governor Masari had recently raised an alarm that the state is under security siege, stating categorically that no one, not even himself, is safe.
According to him, reports from security agencies reveal that kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and cattle rustling are now the order of the day in the state.
The alarm by the governor came after his Borno state counterpart, Kashim Shettima, raised similar concern about worsening security situation in his state, following the escalation of attacks on soldiers and civilians by Boko Haram.
Before then, Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, also had expressed helplessness about the security situation in state, declaring that he wouldn’t mind the Federal Government imposing a state of emergency on the state.
Governor Masari, who spoke at an extraordinary security meeting in Katsina, said: “Reports I received from security agencies are all about threat of kidnapping, armed robbery and banditry.
“No one, not even myself, is safe. So, this is the situation and that is why we are here to find a way out, which is a must. There is no option because we are thinking of the survival of our people and state.
“It is now a daily occurrence as no day passes without a case recorded. It is not even rustling of cows but now kidnapping of people.
“Our state is currently under serious siege by armed robbers, kidnappers and armed bandits who arrest rural people at the grassroots at will and demand ransom, which if not paid, they kill their victims.
“The Permanent Secretary was just informing me that his close relative was kidnapped and a ransom of N5 million was demanded and the person who took the money to them was shot.
“Some people visited me, and as they left, they were trailed and robbed of their belongings. The armed robbers could not go away with the vehicle because it has security lock on it.
“In the past, they carried out their activities in the middle of the night, but now, they operate at midnight, 10pm and gradually in broad day light.
“It is not up to a month, right here in front of Government House, five electricity poles were carted away. It is getting out of hand that we should not fold our arms.
“Let’s return to God, let’s pray to Him to salvage the situation. So, we must reach a lasting solution at this meeting to curtail this ugly trend.
“The citizens are on daily basis being harassed by bandits and kidnappers that are on rampage in the state.
“The Katsina government organised this one-day joint security and stakeholders meeting to proffer solutions to the state’s current insecurity challenge.
“The people of Katsina in the 34 local governments now sleep with one eye closed and the other opened.
“Our state is in a dangerous situation. Travelers are afraid of being stopped on the highway and arrested by kidnappers who demand ransom.”