Ex-Minister abducted at Mamman Daura’s home released

Photo credit: Pulseng
Photo credit: Pulseng

Bagudu Hirse, former aviation minister, who was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna on Sunday, Nov. 20, has regained his freedom, his brother, John Hirse, has confirmed.

“Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday,” John, retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and currently District Head of Mangu, in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Saturday.

He said the former aviation minister was“hale and hearty”, and thanked Nigerians for their prayers and words of encouragement “during the trỳing period”.

“May God reward everyone who stood by us during the tough period,” he said.

John, however, did not give further details, and also refused to comment over whether ransom was paid to the abductors.

Mr. Bagudu was abducted by gunmen at the Kaduna residence of Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.

Mr. Bagudu’s abduction took place a day after the release of Sheikh Yusuf, a Jos-based cleric and administrative secrertary of the Jamaátu Nasril Islam (JNI), who was equally kidnapped in Kaduna.

The cleric was released on Saturday, Nov. 19, after four days in the custody of his abductors. (NAN)


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  • Dazmillion

    If they had kidnapped Buhari’s chief of staff who was present when Hirse was kidnapped, maybe Buhari would have woken up to the serious break down of security in the country. I dont know how Buhari wants to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive when there is no plan on security. The North has become a hot bed of kidnapping.

  • Ifeanyianadu

    How much was paid for his release …???