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Katsina Insecurity: Gov. Masari’s Mother In-Law Reportedly Kidnapped By Unknown Gunmen

The Oasis Reporters

March 8, 2018

The distance between Katsina and Jibia border is just 50km but takes 55 minutes to drive through. Katsina state indigenes now build houses across the border in Niger Republic to avoid being kidnapped at home.
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With barely 30 hours to Katsina state governor Masari’s gubernatorial re-election contest, gunmen wearing masks on their faces stormed the residence of one of his mother’s in-law at about three O’clock on Friday morning and broke into the house to take Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf away.

Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari.

The mother-in-law to Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, was reportedly kidnapped at her residence located at Dandume crescent in Katsina layout of the metropolis.

Aged 80 years, Hauwa is the mother to Binta Masari, one of the three wives of the governor.

Some members of the house were thoroughly beaten up just as mobile telephones were carted away.

Already, sympathisers have besieged the residence lamenting and discussing the incident just as security personnel were spotted gathering information.

The police are yet to issue a statement on the incident.

It will be recalled that Governor Masari once decried the increasing insecurity in the north western state of Katsina, saying that he himself was not safe in Government House due to the activities of bandits that have practically overrun much of the north west, including the home state of the country’s Defense minister, Zamfara on the border with Katsina state.

Many affluent Katsina residents have found it convenient to build houses in the neighboring French speaking Niger Republic where they go to sleep every night and come back to Katsina just across the border to carry out their businesses.

Incidentally, Katsina state is President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state and despite security failings was massively reelected late February for another four year tenure.

Additional reporting: Daily Trust

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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