Gunmen kidnap Bishop Mathew Kukah’s brother in Kaduna

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped the paramount ruler of Ikulu in Zangon Kataf local government of Kaduna state, His Royal Highness, Yohanna Kukah.

Reports said the monarch was kidnapped along with one of his guards who reportedly tried to stop the kidnap.

According to a Daily Trust report, the kidnappers attacked the monarch’s residence at about 8:30pm on Tuesday and abducted him without demanding anything from the family.

The kidnapped traditional ruler is said to be the younger brother of Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, Bishop Mathew Hussain Kukah.

Younger brother to the chief, Mr. Samuel Kukah, told the news service that the gunmen were up to 20.

He said: “The gunmen stormed the house of my brother at about 8:30pm; they were 20 in numbers and were fully armed.

“Immediately they came to the house, they surrounded the chief who is making a call, tied his security guard in one of his cars and took the chief inside the house and asked him for money. They seized all his handsets and those belonging to his family members, collected his money and whisked him away without saying or demanding anything.”

The Kaduna state Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Mukhtar Hussain confirmed the incidence saying that they were alerted around 8:45pm. “Unidentified kidnappers invaded the house of the chief in about 8:45 pm and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

“We have taken the necessary measure, our men are on surveillance in the area,” ASP Hussain said.

This attack comes barely 48 hours after some gunmen on the morning New Year’s Day, shot and killed a traditional ruler and his wife in a village in Sanga local government area of the state.

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