Zakaria Kraha, the National Land Development Authority’s (NALDA) State Coordinator in Adamawa, has been kidnapped.
It was the second known case of kidnapping in the Yola capital city on Tuesday, after the wife of a district head and her three children were abducted.
Kraha was abducted while returning home from Makurdi, the Benue State capital, according to a close friend of the Zakariya Kraha family.
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Kraha was whisked away, according to the friend, around Ngurore, a satellite town on the outskirts of Yola, the state capital, which has recently become known for kidnapping and other crimes.
The bandits had demanded a ransom, according to Kraha’s friend, but he couldn’t say how much.
Gunmen abducted the wife and three children of Adamawa District Head Ardo Mustapha Ahmadu earlier on Tuesday in the first of two kidnappings.
The wife of the district head and her three children, according to a family, were kidnapped from their home in Yolde-Pate, a community in Yola South Local Government Area.
Ardo Ahmadu, the Mayo-Farang District Head, was kidnapped last year and had to pay N10 million to his kidnappers before being released.
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“In the early hours of today (Tuesday), suspected bandits attacked the residence of the District Head of Mayo-Farang and kidnapped four persons: his wife and three children,” said DSP Suleiman Nguroje of the Adamawa State Police Command, who confirmed the incident involving the district head’s family.
“However, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, has directed the anti-kidnapping and counter-terrorism units to track down the assailants and free the victims.”