By: Chinwendu Nnadozie-Minna
Palpable fears now grips Commissioners and other top government functionaries in Niger state as gunmen in the early hours yesterday abducted the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Transport, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Garba.
The Permanent Secretary’s abduction from his village, Zungeru the headquarters of Wushishi Local Government Area of the state is coming barely a month after the Commissioner for Information and Strategy and an APC Chieftain was abducted in similar manner.
Ibrahim Musa Garba according to Daily Independent sources had travelled to Zungeru for a wedding fatiha, which has been succesfully done before the gunmen came and abducted him and his grand daughter.
The Permant Secretary who was said to be relaxing after the wedding when the gunmen numbering over ten came in after breaking down the main gate of the house and took him away with them.
Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane when contacted said he has just been informed about the incident but was yet to get details from the Local government authority.
The SSG however expressed preparedness of the state government to ensure that the Permanent Secretary is rescued unhurt.
Meanwhile fears now grip Commissioners and other top government functionaries with the renewed spate of abductions by suspected armed bandits whose activities had led to the death of over a thousand Nigerlites and hundreds of millions worth properties destroyed.
While most of government functionaries have gone into hiding for fear of the unknown, our correspondent learnt that others simply send representative to represent them whenever their attention is needed in their respective villages.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger state Police Command, DSP Abiodun Wasiu could not be reached for confirmation of the incident as at the time of filing this story.