By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers at the weekend shot the Auditor General of Bauchi State, Alhaji Abdu Usman on his way back to Bauchi from his village, Kardam in Bauchi Local Government Area of the state.
New Nigerian learnt that the suspected gunmen were trying to kidnap the Auditor-General when eventually they opened fire on the victim along with some of his family members in the same car.
The incident occurred Saturday in a forest on way from his village back to Bauchi when the suspected kidnappers opened fire on the car and shot two persons and kidnapped one other.
Narrating the ordeal in a sober mood, one of the victim’s daughter told newsmen in Bauchi Sunday night that, “They were coming back Bauchi from Kardam village when some gunmen on the road accosted them. The driver of the car tried to make a u-turn when the suspects opening fire on the victims”.
“Noticing the sporadic nature of the shootings, the occupants of the car directed the driver to stop. The car is carrying our father, one other person, the driver and three females. It was from the sporadic shootings that the gunmen hit our father on the nose and part of his neck”.
“During the sporadic shootings by the gunmen, they also shot one female on her thigh. They took all handsets of the car occupants when it stops. They also kidnapped the driver and one other person from the car”
She further narrated, “The gunmen immediately vanished with the kidnapped driver along with the other person, leaving our father and the woman they shot in a pool of blood. A good motor-cyclist Samaritan helped our father to nearby major road”
“He was subsequently rushed to a General Hospital in Dass, and later transferred to Bauchi where he is now receiving treatment”, the daughter of the victim said.
She continued, “The kidnapped driver of her father was however lucky to have somehow made away from the culprits, but the other person is who is a friend to my father is still in captivity. The gunmen have called a number one of the families of the person kidnapped demanding a ransom of N30 million”.
The daughter of the Auditor General explained that her father used to go to his parents village of Kardam every weekend for frat to them, saying security operatives have assured their families of fishing out the kidnappers.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRP) of the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Ahmed Mohemmed Wakil has confirmed the incident, saying some gunmen blocked the Kardam village road where they shot the Auditor General, Alhaji Abdu Usman.
Wakil said the gunmen took into hostage two persons, a 25- year old Zilgiflu Muhammad and Iliyasu Sulaiman aged 55 years. He said that the AG is now receiving treatment at ATBUTH, Bauchi, assuring that their men and officers are intensifying efforts to apprehend the gunmen.