The Oasis Reporters
January 3, 2018
Bishop of Sokoto diocese of the Catholic church, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has called for prayers for the safety and return of his brother and chief of Ikulu in Southern Kaduna, Yohanna Sidi Kukah who has been kidnapped.
The traditional ruler was kidnapped alongside one of his security guards.
The traditional ruler was kidnapped at about 7. 00 pm on Tuesday at his residence in Anchuna, Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
A source said Kukah’s house was surrounded by gunmen who shot sporadically into the air and took the traditional ruler away.
“The gunmen surrounded the house of the traditional ruler and started shooting. They moved inside his residence and took him away,” a security source in Zangon Kataf LGA said.
He said they have contacted the sold administrator of Zangon Kataf LGA who also confirmed the incident.
As at the time of filling this report, the whereabouts of the traditional ruler is still unknown.
Both the police and the Kaduna State government are yet to make an official statement on the matter.
Kidnapping, arson and murder have become rife in the parts of northern Nigeria regarded as the Middle Belt, a large portion of that part of the country seen mainly as inhabited by diverse minority groups who are mainly sedentary farmers and Christians by faith.
The better known suspects in the war of attrition against the minority tribes in the middle belt sub region are said to be Fulani pastoralists in search of lush green grazing land in the territory that is used predominantly by the indigenous population for farming.
In speeches by high profile political leaders, Nigerians say that the mention of the suspected herdsmen is hardly made, leading to the suspicion that there’s a hidden agenda against the farming population.
Additional Source : Elanza News