by PRISCILLA DENNIS
The younger brother of the Niger State Deputy Governor, Hon. Ahmed Ibeto, Mr. Ayuba Ibeto has been kidnapped by some unidentified gun men.
This is coming barely three months after he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for the All Progressive Congress, APC, as part of the ruling party’s’ governorship electioneering fallout.
It was gathered the younger brother, Ayuba Ibeto, was kidnapped at about 10pm from his family house in his home town, Ibeto in Magama Local Government Area of the state on Friday evening.
According to a source close to the deputy governor, who would not want the name in print, said his brother was kidnapped by some heavily armed some that stormed the house in two cars – a Volkswagen Golf and a Toyota Hilux Van – at about 10pm. He explained that no sooner had they arrived, the gunmen started shooting into the air to scare the residents of the area before taking their victim away.
“The following morning, the kidnappers used the mobile phone of Ayuba to call his mother, and told her that her son in their custody. They claim all they needed was money. But, they did not state any specific amount as ransom. And as the family tried to call, the line was switched off.”
When contacted, the state Public Relations Officer, DSP Ibrahim Gambari claimed the command was not aware of such incident, but that the police will investigate the matter.
Confirming the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Bala Bitrus stated that gunmen stormed the family house of the deputy governor and took away his younger brother.
Asked if the kidnap could be politically motivated, Bitrus said eyewitness account said the kidnappers were really not out to kidnap any one in particular, but anyone related to the deputy governor.
It would be recalled Ibeto has been at loggerheads with his principal, the state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu over his defection as he was evicted from his Government House office in January.
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