Popular politician’s son kidnapped in Abuja

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted one of the sons of a renowned Abuja-based politician and businessman, Alhaji Yusuf Musa Sokodabo.

It was gathered that the incident happened at about 01:00am on Sunday when the gunmen invaded the victim’s house at Naharati in Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

An eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Danlami, told reporters that the gunmen scaled the fence and broke into the house before whisking the boy away through a bush path.

“I went to ease myself inside the bush just some few metres from my house. It was there I sighted some men. I thought they were vigilante members, but few minutes later, I started hearing gunshots and discovered that they were kidnappers,” he said.

He added that the kidnappers shot severally into the air to scare residents of the area from raising alarm.

A member of the victim’s family who preferred anonymity confirmed the incident, saying the family had established contact with the kidnappers.

“Even this morning, we reached out to the kidnappers and they are demanding for a N5m ransom. Negotiations are still ongoing as I don’t want to disclose everything for security reasons,” he told journalists.

When contacted, FCT Police Command Spokesman, ASP Adamu Gajere Tanimu, said he was unaware of the incident but would reach out to the Abaji DPO and issue a statement.