Police vow to rescue kidnapped Adamawa speaker’s chief of staff

The police have confirmed the kidnap of Usman Sahabi, the chief of staff of the speaker of the Adamawa House of Assembly. The police command said its officers would launch an operation to rescue Mr Sahabi.

Mr Sahabi, a journalist with the Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, Yola, was on secondment to the Adamawa parliament.

Police spokesman Suleiman Nguroje confirmed the kidnap in Yola on Thursday.

Mr Nguroje gave assurance that the command would leave no stone unturned to rescue the victim unhurt.

“Sahabi was kidnapped at gunpoint by unknown gunmen at about 1 am on Thursday in his residence at Wuro-chekke, Yola South local government area,” he said.

Mr Nguroje said the command was doing everything possible to rescue him alive and also arrest the culprits.

“We have already deployed our personnel to swing into action immediately for his rescue. We are also soliciting collaboration with the public to provide us with useful information,’’ he said.

Mr Nguroje promised financial reward for whoever would provide the command with useful information that could lead to the victim’s rescue.

The Adamawa council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists condemned the incident and solicited prayers for the victim’s safe return.

The council’s vice-chairman, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the union quickly reported the incident to the security agencies for their intervention.

Mr Ibrahim sympathised with the victim’s family, loved ones and members of the union over the sad incident.