Director of Budget Kidnapped, Deputy Director killed in Zamfara


Zamfara state Director of Budget, Alhaji Hamza Salihu was kidnapped, while the agency’s Deputy Director, Alhaji Kabiru Ismail was shot dead.

The incident take place, when some gunmen suspected to be bandits launched attacks on then at Kachia in Kaduna state, while the Zamfara State officials were on their way to Akwanga in Nasarawa state on an official trip.

Yusuf Idris, the Director-General, Press Affairs to Gov. Bello Matawalle confirmed the incident in a statement released on Monday, said “Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Matawalle, has described as terrible and disturbing, Sunday afternoon abduction of the state’s Director of Budget, Alhaji Hamza Salihu, who was abducted along with two other persons near Kachia in Kaduna State while on their way to Akwanga in Nasarawa State on an official trip.

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“It is very unfortunate that while efforts are being strengthened to stop armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other crimes peacefully without any bloodshed, some bad elements who have chosen to remain unrepentant will still use security uniforms to stop and kidnap unsuspecting law abiding citizens,” he said.

The state Governor had Promised to liaise with Governor Nasir el-Rufai and all security agencies to rescue the victims, the Zamfara state government also revealed that a lady was shot in the leg and abandoned at the kidnap scene in a pool of blood by the abductors.

Muhammad Auwal Hamza, son of the kidnapped Zamfara State Director of Budget also confirmed the sad incident.

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