Suspected gunmen Monday evening kidnapped the mother of Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, thus setting panic into government circles in the state.
Residents of Nagazi community in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi are equally in quandary over the whereabouts and safety of Mrs Seriya Raji, mother of the Chief of Staff, Abdulkarim Jamiu Asuku.
The gunmen reportedly invaded the residence of Asuku’s mother, Mrs Seriya Raji in Adavi and whisked her to an unknown destination.
Stories on the abduction have been trending on social media.
A resident of Inese/Ovakere new layout in Nagazi community, Adavi LGA, where Mrs Raji lives, said the gunmen stormed her residence at about 7:40 p.m shortly after she observed evening (Ishai) prayer.
The abductors, according to the source, were six in number.
They were dressed in black suits with masks, holding ‘Ghana Must Go bag’ suspected to have contained some guns and other dangerous weapons.
He said they entered her house through the mosque and led her away to a yet to be identified destination, using a vehicle they came with.
Efforts to reach the Police Command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP William Aya, for confirmation proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.
A security source however, confirmed the incident, adding that tactical squad had been deployed in the area.
Insecurity has been on the rise in the state in recent times.
Serial abductions in Kabba-Bunu-Ijunu, Mopa-Muro and Adavi LGAs in addition to the jailbreak in Kabba Correctional Centre are strong indications that Kogi may be under siege.