Suspected gunmen have abducted the wife and son of a security detail attached to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Sources told The Nation on Wednesday that the incident took place in the night of Monday in Yolde-Pate, Yola, when the security detail was believed to be in the town after reportedly having come with the former Vice-President for the weekend.
The gunmen, after missing their target, took his wife and son.
“The kidnappers believed that the police personnel, being so close to Atiku, would have money, so they went for him but took his wife and son when they did not find him,” a source said.
It was also learnt that a brother of one of the state lawmakers was abducted about the same time elsewhere in Adamawa State.
Local sources said an elder brother of the state Majority Leader Hammantukur Yetisuri was abducted from his home in Jada Mbulo by gunmen who demanded N50 million as ransom.
The sources said the gunmen got to the community around 2am shooting into the area and breaking into the house of the lawmaker’s brother.
“They got away with the man, shouting that they would not return the man unless the family paid N50 million,” a source said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Adamawa State Police Command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the two abductions, including the aid to Mr Atiku being a police officer, but he did not give names.
He gave assurance that the police would do everything to free the abducted people and bring the gunmen to book.