Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a business mogul, Alhaji Murtala Zauro, a textile dealer in Birnin-Kebbi Central Market in Kebbi State.
Our correspondent gathered that the victim was kidnapped Sunday night after he completed his prayers at 8pm in his village, Zauro, a town along Birnin-Kebbi- Argungu Road.
A family member, who confirmed the incident under the condition of anonymity stated that “after our night prayers, immediately he entered his house, just opposite the mosque, he received a message that some people in a Peugeot 406 were waiting outside and that they wanted to see him.
“They sent a boy to call Alhaji Murtala Zauro, that they wanted to see him outside. When he came out to see them, they bundled him into their waiting vehicle and left our village. Till now, nobody can account for the whereabouts of Alhaji Murtala Zauro, and his mobile telephone has been switched off.”
The businessman it was learnt owned the three biggest shops in Birnin-Kebbi Central Market with two wives and many children.
The Police Public Relation Officer, Kebbi State Police Command, DSP Danjuma Possible, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
Danjuma said, “our men are working hard to find out his whereabouts, if he was kidnapped, to ensure his release.”
He added that the police and family members had not been contacted by the kidnappers.