Gunmen kidnap ex-union official in Sokoto


Alhaji Abdullahi Aliyu, the Chairman of the Sokoto State Chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, said on Monday that an ex-official of the union, Alhaji Bello Arzika, has been kidnapped by some gunmen.
Aliyu, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto, said Arzika was kidnapped on Monday.
He said: “Arzika was travelling to Isa town on Sokoto- Marnona- Isa road this morning when the suspected kidnappers struck.
“They were reportedly attacked by a group of armed men at Gidan Sala village and they took only Arzika into the Gundumi Forest.
“They were going to Isa town, headquarters of Isa Local Government Area, for the conduct of the statewide verification exercise of local government workers which commenced on Monday.
“The details are scanty as at now, but you will hear the details later.”
But the spokesman of the Sokoto State Police Command, Elmustapha Sani, told NAN that the force had not been formally notified.
Sani said: “We only heard about the incident unofficially.
“We have not received any report from either the Isa Police Division or Goronyo Division where the forest is located.
“We will provide you with more details when they emerge later.”