Police Confirm Kidnap of Former Minister, Husband, Others in Kaduna State

The Kaduna State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the kidnap of a former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Laraba Mallam, and her husband, Pius, among several other persons, THISDAY reports.

The command’s spokesman, Aliyu Usman, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said in Kaduna that they were abducted along Bwari/Jere axis on the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday evening. Usman said that the abductors took away the former minister and her 73-year-old husband, but spared their driver who was unharmed.

He said that the police were tracking the perpetrators and would ensure the release of the victims unharmed. Sources also indicated that the abductors had reached out to the minister’s family demanding ransom.

The command’s spokesman, however, said the police was not aware of any demand by the abductors. “All what we are doing is to ensure that the victims are freed from captivity and returned to their home unhurt,” Usman said.

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