The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwa, has confirmed the abduction of two staff of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency(FERMA) along the Abuja – Kaduna highway.
This was even as he said reports on scores kidnapped on the Kaduna-Abuja Road remain unconfirmed by the state government and security agencies.
In a statement he released to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday, he disclosed the identities of the occupants of an abandoned car Honda with registration number RBC 864 BL found on the Kurmin Kare axis of Kaduna-Abuja Road as Aliyu Aminu Mahe and Nura Tanimu.
“In a report addressed to the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, which was copied to the Kaduna State Police Commissioner and State Director of State Services, by Engr A. A. Sadiq, on behalf of Managing Director of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) dated 29th May 2021, it was revealed that the vehicle belonged to one of the agency’s staff.
“The agency in its “Report of Suspected Kidnap of a FERMA Staff”, said the recovered Honda car belonged to one of its staff, Mr Aliyu Aminu Mahe, who was with Mr Nura Tanimu, as they were in transit to Abuja. Contact has not been made with the duo since Friday.
“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has been briefed on the development. The Governor in response tasked security agencies to investigate the incident diligently and ensure the safe return of the missing citizens.
“Similarly, following Friday’s update which highlighted the recovery of five passengers and a driver, further thorough investigations by the military and police have not confirmed the authenticity of the reports claiming that scores of citizens were kidnapped on the Kaduna-Abuja Road on Friday.
“The Government of Kaduna State does not deny incidences of security challenges in the state and will continue to prioritise transparency in internal security management.
“The government appreciates the military, police and all agencies working in the state, and will continue to support them towards enhancing security and peace.
“Finally, the government will continue to brief the public on the security developments as received from appropriate agencies.”