•Police working to free him
An eyewitness in the kidnap of former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Bagudu Hirse, has said the abduction was “like a scene in a horror movie”.
Mr. Samuel Pukat, an Abuja-based businessman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that he was with Hirse when the gunmen attacked.
“We were in Kaduna and decided to pay a condolence visit to Alhaji Mamman Daura on the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki.
“We arrived at Daura’s house about 9 am but we were told Daura travelled, and as we made to drive out after signing the condolence register, Daura’s younger brother came out and told us to wait for him.
“About the same time, two vehicles, on fast speed, drove into the compound and gunmen in masks jumped out and headed directly for Hirse.
“My feeling is that they mistook him for Daura because both seem to have the same stature and wear their caps the same way,” he said.
Pukat said the men, after instilling fear in everyone at sight, grabbed Hirse by his babariga, pushed him into one of the cars and drove off.
“Everyone was terrified; we were all fear-stricken and by the time we recovered, Hirse was gone and we were dumbfounded,” he added.
According to him, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, later appeared and called for more security cover around the house.
Pukat confirmed that the abductors contacted Hirse’s relations.
“The first time they called me; it was Hirse’s voice I heard on the phone before the abductors took over,” he said.
Pukat, however, refused to give details of his discussions with the abductors but said the family embarked on prayers for his release and safe return.
The police have said they were working to track the gunmen and rescue Hirse unhurt.
Police spokesman Aliyu Usman said: “The command will not sit and allow criminals take laws into their hands. We will ensure we arrest those criminals and they will face the law.
“We are committed to protecting life and property of the people. We also appeal to the public for information that will lead to arrest of the criminals.” (Punchng.com)