Kidnappings: Atiku Wants Intelligence Gathering Prioritised

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has tasked security agencies to prioritise intelligence gathering and sharing to tackle the recent rise in abductions.

Atiku stated this while decrying the recent spate of kidnappings in the country, including a customary court judge, journalists and a former Nigerian labour union leader.

In a social media post on X, Atiku, who described the kidnappings as despicable, said it underscored the dire state of Nigeria’s security and the gross failure of leaders to protect its citizens.

He said, “In these perilous times, the courageous sentinels of truth, our journalists, stand as beacons of light, unwavering in their duty to hold power accountable. Yet, they find themselves besieged not only by the terror of abductors but also by a government that continues to assault their freedom through arrests and detention.

“Adding to this travesty is the kidnap of 78-year-old Mr Takai Shamang, President and Founder of Gantys Aid for Widows, Orphans and Needy Foundation (GAWON) and former President General of the National Union of Electricity and Gas Workers (now known as the National Union of Electricity Employees) between 1982 and 1989.

“Before then, Janet Galadima-Gimba, a customary court judge in the same Kaduna, had been abducted and released. But her sons are still in captivity, with the abductors reportedly making a demand of N150 million as ransom. Elsewhere in Katsina, 75-year-old Hauwa’u Adamu, mother of the popular Hausa singer Dauda Kahutu Rarara, or Rarara, as he is fondly known, was kidnapped on Friday.”

The former Vice President said these abductions “are damning indictments of our leaders’ failure to secure the safety of citizens and an intolerable breach of press freedom (as it relates to the journalists).”

While praying for the families and friends of the abducted, Atiku called upon the „security agencies to act decisively and without delay to secure their release but to prioritise intelligence gathering and sharing.“

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