Gunmen kill PDP chieftain in Niger, abduct wife

A former Chairman of Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Suleiman Ishaya has been reportedly killed by gunmen who also abducted his bereaved wife.

Tribune Online gathered that the gunmen invaded Ishaya’s residence on Sunday night in New Bwari Community and stabbed him in the stomach with a knife before shooting him at in close range.

Family sources informed journalists on Monday in Minna, the state capital that the gunmen had gained entrance into the house by using a ladder to scale the fence.

People around the community said it was only the house of the political leader that was attacked by the fleeing gunmen.

A PDP chieftain who would not want his name in the print confirmed that “he was stabbed in the stomach and shot to make sure that he was dead.”

The PDP chieftain noted that the attack was not a random attack, adding that the PDP in the state was seeing it as an assassination.

The family members and PDP members in the state said that they were yet to hear from the abductors of the bereaved wife of the deceased.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Niger State Police Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the police had commenced investigation into the matter.

In a related development, gunmen suspected to be armed bandits attacked Mu’azu Babangida Secondary School in Sarkin Pawa in Munya local government area in the early hours of Monday but the hoodlums did not meet any student in the school.

It would be recalled that secondary schools in the state have been shut down by the state government to assess how the security situation can be addressed.

Eyewitnesses stated that the bandits invaded the school with over 10 pickup trucks, adding that when they did not meet any student, they ended up beating the security guards in the school.

The guards were taken to Sarkin Pawa General hospital for treatment as they were badly injured by the bandits.

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