Police in Zamfara begin search for abducted monarch

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GUSAU – The in Zamfara have commenced the  search for the of  Bukkuyum, Alhaji Muhammadu Usman,  who was abducted from his palace on Friday night by some  gunmen.

The  Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara,  DSP Sanusi Aminu, disclosed this in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Saturday.

He said the police  in collaboration with other agencies in the state had blocked all possible outlets from the state in order to the abductors.

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Also speaking, Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad, the Secretary to the Bukkuyum Emirate Council and  younger brother of  the abducted emir, said he spoke on phone with the emir.

He said the emir was in good and had not been hurt by his abductors.

Muhammad, however, urged the people of the community  to pray for the safe return of the emir.

He said the abductors arrived in an ash-coloured Honda Civic car and asked to speak privately  with the emir.

Muhammad  further said   when the palace guards resisted the request, the abductors fired gunshots into  the air and ordered all those present to hand over their cell  phones which they took along with the monarch

The 60-year-old traditional ruler,  who had served on the throne for 14 years,  was abducted by the gunmen while he was preparing for his Isha’i prayer.

The state Commissioner for , Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji,  told NAN that government would give all required assistance to the police in order to  rescue  the emir. (NAN)