Gunmen have reportedly abducted the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in Kogi State, Alhaji Wakili Damina.
This was revealed by the state’s Secretary of MACBAN, Adamu Abubakar, who told newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday that Alhaji Damina was abducted on April 30 by some armed men dressed in army camouflage.
According to eye witnesses, the abductors, numbering about eight, came in a white bus at about 12 noon to “forcefully” take away the Chairman from his house located in Chikara village, Kogi Local Government.
The Secretary said he called the phone number of the missing Chairman immediately he got wind of the attack, but it rang out, and was switched off when he repeated the call about an hour later.
“Since then, his lines are not reachable and all efforts to know his whereabouts proved abortive,” he said.
Abubakar said that he then notified the state Commissioner of police of the development, adding that the state government was also informed through the Special Adviser on security matters to the governor, Mr Jerry Omodara.
He added that he and some members of the association visited the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja, to know if Damina was in their custody, and that a search party raised by MACBAN had visited other places, including abattoirs in and around Abuja to no avail.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of police, Mr Ede Ayuba, when contacted, said that the police are yet to locate the whereabouts of the Chairman.
He said efforts to get detailed information about the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area where the incident happened, were unsuccessful as the matter was not officially reported to him as at the time.