Chris Mamman, the immediate past National President of Eggon Cultural Association and a gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen men, his campaign director said Monday.
Mr. Mamman was seized Sunday night few hours after angry youths attacked him and burnt his car at what supposed to be a peace meeting between him and other governorship candidates, including the immediate past Minister for Information, Labaran Maku.
Mr. Mamman is among 13 other aspirants vying for the governorship of Nasarawa State in the 2015 general elections on the platform of PDP.
Mr. Mamman was picked in his house in Lafia around 8.30 p.m. after a mob attacked him and burnt his car at the palace of Aren Eggon, Bala Angbazo, in Nasarawa Eggon, the Director General of Chris Mamman’s campaign organization, Nawani Aboki, told PREMIUM TIMES.
He claimed the attack on the candidate and his subsequent abduction were the handiwork of his political opponents.
“Our candidate was in Nasarawa Eggon as part of Effort by the Eggon traditional council to ensure that they are able to speak with one voice and have one candidate but as our candidate was approaching the place mob came out and accosted him and manhandled him but was later rescued,” he said.
“All other candidates of Eggon extraction where there; Maku, and Ewuga but we don’t know who might have masterminded the attack among them.
“Even after he was rescued, we were told later in the day that some unknown people came and took him away and we don’t know who the person is and we are yet to make contact with him 12 hours after,” he said.
Mr. Aboki said his team will eventually inform the police if at the end of the day they are unable to find him.
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Umar Numan, said he was yet to be briefed over the matter. He said investigations will commence when such report was forwarded.
On Sunday, Mr. Mamman was in the palace on the invitation of the paramount ruler alongside Solomon Ewuga, a senator, and Mr. Maku, to discuss how to pick a consensus candidate among them to represent the Eggon interest in the 2015 general elections.
They all escaped unhurt as angry youth stormed the palace of the paramount ruler of the Eggon people, on Sunday evening.
The traditional ruler was hosting a reconciliatory meeting between three Eggon sons seeking to be Nasarawa governor under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which resulted in the youth, setting ablaze a Toyota Corolla belonging to Chris Mamman.