Adamu Kajuru, the Emir of Kajuru in Kaduna State, has been kidnapped from his place by armed gunmen suspected to be bandits.
The monarch was abducted alongside 12 others, said to be members of his family, from the palace on Saturday night, according to Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
Sani in a Twitter post on Sunday claimed that the bandits operated freely for over an hour around the palace area.
“The Emir of Kajuru, 30 minutes drive from Kaduna and twelve of his family members were forcefully kidnapped yesternight.
“The bandits operated freely for one hour in the town. In my Kaduna State nowadays, it’s no more about who is safe but who is the next victim,” Sani tweeted.
Mohammed Jalige, the Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna Police Command, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Jalige said suspected bandits in the early hours of Sunday kidnapped the Emir and 10 others in Kajuru town of Kajuru Local Government Area.
ASP Jalige told NAN in Kaduna on Sunday that the incident happened in the early hours of the day.
Jalige said the second-class traditional ruler and the other victims were kidnapped at his residence.
The spokesperson, who did not give details of how the incident happened, said policemen had been mobilised to trail the hoodlums with a view to rescuing the victims.
“We have deployed our men to rescue them,” he said.