The prolonged silence of suspected kidnappers since the abduction of Magajin Garin Daura Musa Umar Uba at his residence in Daura, is raising more questions than answers. It is also sparking fears, leaving family members and residents confused, even as postulation of several theories are increasing. It is 11 days now, since his abduction by
The prolonged silence of suspected kidnappers since the abduction of Magajin Garin Daura Musa Umar Uba at his residence in Daura, is raising more questions than answers. It is also sparking fears, leaving family members and residents confused, even as postulation of several theories are increasing. It is 11 days now, since his abduction by unidentified gunmen who stormed his home in the ancient city of Daura after Magrib prayers.
Daily Trust Saturday’s findings revealed that there has been no communication established with the kidnappers. This is after reports that key suspects have been arrested, according to the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, who disclosed it at the end of a security meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, he told correspondents that the criminals will be brought to book.
Family sources at the time of filing this report, however, told Daily Trust Saturday that they are yet to receive any update on rescue efforts. One of them said they only heard it in the media that security operatives have made arrests, while another said the lack of information is also causing them a lot of anguish.
Another point that is fuelling fear, is the fact that during the abduction, there was a gun duel between the police and the kidnappers, during which a police Inspector called Muntari Maikudi, attached to Kusada Division, sustained a gunshot injury. The traditional ruler was said to have been put in the boot of the vehicle which the abductor’s drove, without further confirmation of his well-being thereafter.
The Magajin Gari’s abduction also signals a change in pattern of the heightening wave of kidnappings across the state. Hitherto, cases occur along isolated roads or settlements, but this, and that of Governor Aminu Masari’s mother in-law, took place in urban areas, described by witnesses as “commando-style”.
This change in pattern is partially responsible for sending shivers down the collective spine of residents and sympathizers, as is the lack of communication from the kidnappers. Also, it has triggered the emergence of many theories which do little or nothing to calm down the Magajin Gari’s family and friends.
One of the more far-out theories is that the Magajin Gari’s royal status as a prince, added with the fact that he’s an in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, made him a target of his abductors. But a more upbeat notion holds that perhaps the kidnappers are simply incommunicado because they are waiting for what might be the right time for them, or simply after terrorising family and friends to a point.
The Magajin Gari, a senior traditional title-holder in the emirate, is a younger brother of the Emir of Daura, Faruk Umar Faruk. A retired Customs officer, he is married to Haiya Bilki, a niece of President Buhari. Also, he is the father of Fatima, who is married to the president’s Aide De Camp (ADC), Col. ML Abubakar.