By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Despite assuring Jigawa indigenes of provision of adequate security of lives and property by the state executive, and security agencies, residents of Jigawa State are now living in fear and anxiety due to increase in abduction cases by men of underworld who often terrorize the state in some strategic locations, abducting prominent personalities, among other citizens.
Investigations conducted by our correspondent has revealed that the ugly trend started in September last year with the abduction of the mother of the Jahun prominent petroleum dealer, Alh. Salisu Angas as the first victim, who was later freed after payment of N3m ransom.
The second victim was the mother of Governor Badaru’s Special Adviser on Assembly Matters, late Hon. Yahaya Mohammed in the same month, who was also later released upon payment of N2m as ransom.
Four months later, the ugly scenario resurfaced with the abduction of the wife to a State Assembly member representing Miga Council in the Jigawa, Hon. Haruna Aliyu Dangyatin, but later rescued on payment of N2m ransom.
Similarly, in the month of January this year, the son of the State Assembly member representing Auyo Local Government Area, Hon. Sani Isyaku Kigima was not spared as he was abducted in his home town Kigima but later regained freedom after paying ransom of N2m which was collected from the hands of unidentified abductors, a situation which sparked- off friction amongst the original abductors and their agents who turned down the payment, demanding additional money before releasing the lawmaker’s son.
Shedding more light on the incident, the lawmaker who spoke on condition of anonymity, informed our reporter that they succeeded in freeing his boy from the hands of abductors after making an additional payment of N2m.
According to him, “it cost me N4m before getting back my eldest son from the hands of his abductors,” while expressing gratitude to God that the boy was returned safely from any harm in the hands of the abductors.
It would be recalled that recently, the State Executive Council deliberated extensively on the current spate of crime wave bedeviling Jigawa State, which includes kidnapping, armed robbery, theft, burglary, house breaking, etc.
The meeting noted with concerns how crime and criminality is on the increase in strategic locations across the state within the last three months to date, a situation which forced the council to vow confronting the issue with urgent dispatch.
Governor, Badaru Abubakar in collaboration with the state security operatives have resolved to adopt stern security measures aimed at containing security challenges confronting the state.
Abubakar assured of his government’s commitment to accord priority to security in rendering positive support.
” Even though, security issues are crucial, be assured that the result of our deliberations will soon be rolled out time to time,” the governor assured.
Investigations have revealed that within the last two month’s, over fifteen different people were kidnapped by bandits, apart from commiting other crime such as house breaking, burglary, armed robbery, among others.