Reports gathered by Premium Times have it that kidnappers who abducted Bagudu Hirse, Nigeria’s former minister of foreign affairs, actually missed their target.
The target of the kidnap was actually Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s cousin as the minister was picked up at the gate of the president’s sibling along Inuwa Wada road, Kaduna state.
Mamman Daura appears behind President Muhammadu Buhari.
Samuel Pukat who was a victim of the abductors’ attack, revealed that the unidentified kidnappers were planning to whisk President Buhari’s cousin away with their sophisticated weapons.
He said: “We were right by Baba Mamman Daura’s gate on a visit to condole him over the death of former Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki.
“The ash Corolla car of the kidnappers rushed and blocked our car as the gate to the house was opened for us to enter.
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“We had already written our condolence note to be handed to Baba (Daura) whom we were told was getting ready to go out for an appointment; before one of his aides identified us and asked that we be allowed in to see Baba(Daura) as soon as he finishes taking his bath.“Then all of a sudden, the kidnappers in an ash colour corolla car rushed and overtook our car, four masked gunmen jumped out of the car and made for the compound. “One of them from the second Corolla car behind us, shouted at the other group to come back. He pointed at Baba (Hirse) who was ordered to come down from the car. “They mistook Baba (Mr Hirse) for Baba Mamman Daura because he is putting on the same traditional white native dress Baba (Daura) usually wears.”
After shooting sporadically into the air, Puskat said the kidnappers “kicked me with their hard boots and I fell inside culvert as they abducted Baba (Mr. Hirse) and his driver.
“What surprised all of us was that the security details at Baba(Daura) residence fled the scene scampering for safety with all other people around when the kidnappers pulled over and started shooting sporadically in the air.”
At the time the attack was ongoing, Daura, the main target of the abduction, was said to be inside the building with Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of Staff alongside Nigeria’s ex-SGF, Baba Gana Kingibe.
Recall also that in October, Laurentia Laraba Mallam, the minister of the environment during the government of Goodluck Jonathan, was abducted alongside her 73-year- old husband, Pius in Jere, Kaduna state.
She was however released about 24 hours after the incident.