By John Ikani
The Niger State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Idris has regained freedom from bandits who abducted him on Sunday.
Confirming the return of the commissioner to newsmen, top government officials in the state said Idris was released around 9:30pm at a location in Suleja, after which he was taken to a hospital for medical check-up.
Idris was abducted at 11 pm last Sunday by unknown gunmen at Babban Tunga village in Tafa Local Government Area of the state.
The heavily armed gunmen had invaded the commissioner’s residence at the village and whisked him away on foot to an unknown destination.
The following day, Monday, the abductors, however, opened discussions with the family which resulted in the release of the victim.
The officials, however, said no ransom was paid before the commissioner was released by his abductors.
Speaking after his release, the commissioner expressed gratitude to God for protecting him during his stay in the bandits’ den.
“As a Muslim, prayer is the the best shield against evil. Allah has a way of testing the faith of believers.
“My abductors regretted their cruel action and I have forgiven them. I urge you to forgive them too,” he said.