Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the Secretary of the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, NASIEC, Barr. Muhammed Abubakar Opu.
It was gathered that Okpu was kidnapped on Tuesday night, August 24, in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the gunmen stormed the house of the NASIEC Secretary located at Bakin Rijiya Village, along Lafia-Shendam Road around 11.45pm on Tuesday night, August 24,and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
“On 25/8/2021 at about 0145hrs, a complaint was lodged at C Division, Lafia that, on 24/8/2021 at about 2345hrs, unknown gunmen numbering about five stormed the residence of the NASIEC Secretary located at Bakin Rijiya Village and kidnapped him,” the statement read.
The PPRO explained that on receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Adesina Soyemi immediately led a detachment of Police personnel from the Command’s Anti Kidnapping unit, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and other tactical units to the scene where he is suspected to have been held captive by his abductors.
ASP Nansel said that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department has also been directed to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter in order to rescue the victim and arrest the perpetrators.
He appealed to members of the public to assist the police with useful information that will help to arrest the criminal elements and rescue the victim.