Bandits kidnap Zamfara APC leader, 2 children
Colonel Lawal Rabi’u Yandoto (retd) has been abducted by gangs of criminals known as “bandits” in the area.
According to information gathered by this online newspaper, Yandoto was on his way to his hometown of Yandoto in Zamfara State’s Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) when he was kidnapped and taken to the forest.
Two of the retired colonel’s children and two other people with him at the time of the attack were also taken hostage, a source said.
On Sunday evening, around 6:00, the incident took place.
“Everyone began running helter-skelter for our safety as we heard sporadic gunshots very close to our Yandoto town.
We realized the retired army officer had been kidnapped “immediately after the gunshots,” the source claimed.
Yandoto has been advocating against Kabir Marafa bid for office in the 2023 election, Marafa’s, a former senator who represented Zamfara Central senatorial district in the 7th and 8th Nigerian senates (2011 to 2019), is Yandoto’s political rival.
He is the head of the Wake da Shinkafa political party, an offshoot of the Zamfara All Progressive Congress (APC).
In the meantime, attempts to reach Muhammad Shehu, the spokesperson for the Zamfara State police command, by phone were unsuccessful because he was unavailable at the time this report was published.
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