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Former Minister, Husband Kidnapped


Former Environment Minister Laurentia Laraba-Mallam and her 73 year-old husband, Pius Mallam were kidnapped by gunmen late on Monday.

Aide to the former minister, Jonathan Asake said  she and her husband were kidnapped at gun point in Jere area of Kagarko local government in Kaduna State.

He said, the kidnapping took place at about 8 pm as the former minister and her husband were returning to Kaduna from the Federal Capital Territory.

Asake also said that the kidnappers had contacted the family and were insisting on 10 million naira ransom before they could be freed.

Also, the Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the incident.

Aliyu Usman, spokesman of the police in Kaduna state, told Journalists that the two were abducted along Bwari/Jere axis on Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday evening.

He however added that the Police was on top of the matter and efforts are on to rescue the former Minister and her husband unhurt.

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