Gunmen in military uniform attack Senator, snatch car

Senator Kabiru Gaya

Four armed men, said to be dressed in military fatigue, on Friday night attacked a serving Senator from Kano, Kabiru Gaya, and snatched a Prado SUV in which he was travelling.

The senator’s spokesperson, Idris Afegbua, said in a statement late Friday that his boss was travelling to Kano when he was suddenly attacked along the Jaji-Zaria road by unknown armed men in military uniform.

Mr. Afegbua, who said the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m., said Senator Gaya was however unhurt, although his car, with Registration Number FL 16 SEN, was taken away by the attackers.

“The case has been reported to the police who have already taken action,” he said.

The Senator is said to have returned to Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu Ambursa, and the Police Public Relations Officer, Aminu Lawal, did not respond to calls and text messages sent to them for comments.

Mr. Gaya, 62, who represents Kano South Senatorial District, was a former governor of Kano and is the current chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government.

He is also a member of the committee on Marine Transport.

A member of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Gaya was the Senate’s deputy minority whip between 2007 and 2011.

He was elected to the Senate at that time on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, APP, which has since merged with other opposition parties to form the APC.


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