There is palpable tension in Maradun local government area in Zamfara State over the non release of the secretary to Shinkafi local government council, Hon. Salisu Gado Faru who for over 60 days had been in the captivity of bandits
LEADERSHIP recalls that Gado was abducted along with his friend, Sani Nabala on their way to Faru, his hometown, along Colony-Boko junction road.
LEADERSHIP gathered that, the family raised the sum of N3.5 million as ransom but after delivering the money the kidnappers refused to release the council secretary.
A family member, Saleh Faru said people in the area were worried about the fate of the secretary as there was no clear information about his whereabouts.
“We are concerned about the fate of the secretary whether he is alive or not because for many days after the release of his friend there was no information about him”, he added.
An official of the council who spoke on condition of anonymity said belongings of the secretary like beddings and others had been evacuated from the guest house.
He expressed worry that since the demand had been met, nothing has been heard about the kidnapped secretary or the kidnappers in spite of repeated attempts to get the kidnappers.
Hon. Salisu Gado Faru is a former member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly who represented Maradun II, before he became the secretary of the local government council.
The official lamented that there has been serious tension as it was not yet clear what the abductors actually wanted which he noted that the continuous holding of the secretary was causing a lot of ripples within and outside the local government area.
Commenting on the issue of killings and bloodbath, a public commentator, Ahmed Bakare said the issue of killings,especially in state has become a pastime, noting that it has now become the booming business in the state which he said needs the divine intervention.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), SP Muhammad Shehu said he had called the DPO in Shinkafi who told him that investigation was ongoing asking the local government officials to refer their case to the DPO who he said would brief them on the latest development.
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