Niger State commissioner kidnapped

Gunmen have kidnapped the commissioner for information and strategy in Niger State Mohammed Idris, the state government confirmed on Monday.

He was kidnapped on Sunday at Baban Tunga village of Tarfa Local Government Area of the state.

Secretary to the State Government Ahmed Matane told the News Agency of Nigeria that the gunmen who came in about fifteen motorcycles with sophisticated weapons kidnapped the commissioner at about 11 p.m. during a downpour in the area.

He said that the kidnappers had yet to make contact.

Spokesman of Niger State Police Command Wasiu Abiodun also confirmed the incident to NAN.

Chief press secretary to the governor of the state Mary Noel-Berje in a statement on Monday said, “The commissioner was said to have been kidnaped by bandits at about one o’clock in the early hours of today from his home at Baban Tunga village in Tafa Local Government of the State.

“Security agencies are how ever already trailing the bandits with a view to apprehending them.”