Ibrahim Garba Musa, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transportation in Niger State, has been abducted by bandits, alongside his son.
Musa and his son were kidnapped in the early hours of Saturday.
TheCable quoted sources as saying that the government official was abducted in Zungeru area of the state, where he had travelled for a wedding ceremony.
“The gunmen attacked around 1am, and abducted the permanent secretary with his son,” a source said.
Mary Noel-Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to Abubakar Bello, the state governor, confirmed the incident.
She said the governor also “decried the barbaric and atrocious acts of bandits in Shiroro and Munya Local Government Areas recently, where many villagers were slaughtered, burnt and some kidnapped”.
“The governor maintained that the security operatives are capable of curtailing the situation and called for more support by the general public with useful and timely information,” she said.
“He then prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed, quick recovery of those injured and the safe return of those kidnapped.
“The governor reassured the people of his administration’s unrelenting efforts to address the insecurity in the state.”
The permanent secretary’s abduction comes barely two months after Sani Idris, the state’s commissioner for information, was abducted by armed bandits.