Alhaji Wakili Damina, the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kogi State, has been kidnapped.
Mr. Adamu Abubakar, the state secretary of MACBAN, told reporters in Lokoja on Tuesday that Damina was kidnapped on April 30 by armed men clad in army camouflage.
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According to witnesses, the abductors arrived in a white bus about 12 p.m. to “forcefully” remove the Chairman from his home in Chikara village, Kogi Local Government.
Abubakar said that he was informed of the incident about an hour later by the younger brother of Damina who claimed he witnessed the incident.
The Seceratry said he immediately called the phone number of the missing Chairman, but it rang out.
He said that Damina’s number was switched off when he repeated the call about an hour later.
“Since then, his lines have become unreachable, and all attempts to ascertain his location have proven futile,” he stated.
Abubakar said that he immediately notified the state Commissioner of Police of the development, and that the state government was also told through the governor’s Special Adviser on Security Matters, Mr Jerry Omodara.
The Secretary claimed that he and other members of the association went to the Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Abuja to find out if Damina was in their custody, but they were told that he was not.
He also said that a search party raised by MACBAN had visited other places, including abattoirs in and around Abuja to no avail.
The state Commissioner of police, Mr. Ede Ayuba, when contacted, said that the police are yet to locate the whereabouts of the Chairman.
The Commissioner said that immediately he was informed of the incident, he called Damina’s phone severally but there was no response.
Ayuba 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.