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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  • Otile

    This called car-jacking, a form of armed robbery. Who said there are no armed robbers in the North? Some haters will now blame it on Jonathan as they have been blaming him for Islamic terrorism ravaging many parts of the world including Arewa.

  • Guguru

    Men in uniform attacking an APC senator from an APC state? Can anyone fill in the blanks of who the culprits might be? It is easy to fill in the blanks.

    Question 1. If i am an APC member and I am attacked around the 2015 elections, then my attackers are most likely………?

    • sirjoka

      Get your facts right. He was attacked along Jaji-Zaria road, which is in Kaduna state. A PDP state.
      Mtsss, ignorance is truly a disease this country needs to get rid of.

      • Guguru

        I said he is an APC Senator form an APC state. He is a Senator from Kano State is he not? What did I say wrong again?

  • Scalywag

    The contents of Obasanjo’s letter have begun to unravel. Are the 1000 snipers angling for their quarry now? The level of desperation is growing exponentially. Alas nonbody can stop the sun from rising.

  • Lorddaniels

    The senator donated his pradol jeep to his Boko haram boys for operational easy and turn round to lie that he was robbed and car snatched after realising the implication of donating a car registered in his name.

    • True son of the soil

      Why do you hate the northerner with passion? And you want them to vote for you candidate in 2015 .