- The spate of kidnapping in the country has continued unabated despite the assurances of safety from security agencies
- Philip Shekwor, the APC chairman in Nasarawa state is one of the latest victims of abductors in the country
- Shekwor who was kidnapped by gunmen who stormed his residence on Saturday night, November 21, has been found dead
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Philip Shekwor, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, has been kidnapped.
The Nation reported that Shekwor was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday night, November 21, at his residence along Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.
According to the newspaper, the kidnappers were yet to establish contact with members of the APC chieftain.
Gunmen kidnap APC chairman in Nasarawa.
Photo source: The Nation
The incident which was also reported by The Punch has been confirmed by the state's police commissioner, Bola Longe.
He said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11pm and took him away to an unknown destination.
The police chief added that security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.
Kidnapped APC chairman found dead
The effort of the police to ensure the safe release of the APC leader was abortive as he has been found dead, according to a report Premium Times.
The newspaper stated that a source close to the family and a leader of the APC in Nasarawa confirmed Shekwor's death.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of Esan Central local government area of Edo state, Waziri Edokpa, was kidnapped.
Edokpa, a professor in the department of mathematics and statistics of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, was abducted along the Benin-Abuja Highway early hours on Friday, November 20.
Shortly after the local government chairman was kidnapped, passengers of a popular Benin-based transport company travelling to Abuja were also abducted by gunmen.
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In another related report, suspected bandits who kidnapped six senior police officers, Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), in Katsina state are demanding N100m ransom for their release.
The abducted ASPs were among the nine who were just promoted to their current rank. The officers were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno state.
The police officers were recently demobilised from the riot unit and eight of them were on their way to the Zamfara state police command on a transfer when they were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina state and taken into the forest.
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