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Saturday, 11 September 2021

Bandits bring home abducted Niger traditional ruler


By Our Correspondent



The released Dodo of Wawa Community in Borgu Kingdom, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State, Dr, Mahmud Ahmed Aliyu was purportedly returned to his palace by those that abducted him last Saturday.


Salient Times also learnt that his kidnap was due to his strong opposition against criminal activities perpetrated by bandits in his area.

It was gathered that the district Head was transported back on three motorcycles each conveying two persons, including the victim yesterday at 8:30pm.

Our Correspondent learnt the gunmen brought him unnoticed during power outage, and dropped him close to the palace and zoomed off from the area.

It would be recalled that Dr. Aliyu was kidnapped by bandits last Saturday night at 10 pm.

A traditional title holder, the Wallin Wawa, Alh, Bala Galla when contacted said he was in his residence at 8:30pm, yesterday night, when he heard sound of jubilations from the people close to the palace and rushed outside.

He explained that when he got outside, he saw the royal father among the people dancing and singing.

According to him, “after lshai prayers, I went straight home and exactly at 8:30 pm, I heard noise, on rushing out, I saw the Dodo in the midst of people dancing and singing close to his palace. They were all happy on his release”.


On how he was released, Galla stated, “the Dodo said they brought him on three bikes carrying a passenger each and because, they were aware that there was no light in the community as at that time, they rode close to the palace dropped him and immediately zoomed away”.

The Wallin Wawa also explained that the traditional ruler told his subjects that he was not tortured by his abductors, but was accorded reasonable treatment.

However, efforts to get the reaction of the Dodo failed as calls put to his phone were not connecting.