Presidency Suspects Army Colonel’s Kidnap Likely Shiites’ Revenge

THISDAY Breaking-News

•Military vows to rescue abducted officer

By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the kidnap of one of its senior officers, Col. Smaila Inusa, by unknown gunmen in Kaduna State on Saturday night.

Speaking to THISDAY, a reliable intelligence officer quoting a Presidential source, expressed concern that the kidnap might be a revenge mission by the Shiite Islamic sect against the Army over the clash in Zaria last year.

The source however assured that security and intelligence agencies are being mobilised to rescue the missing officer.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Usman Abdul, who had confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday, said that Inusa is serving with Nigeria Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State.

Abdul stated that the colonel was abducted around Kamazo near NNPC junction, Kaduna, around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“The abductors dropped off his wife and left with him in his car and headed towards Abuja. They drove in a Mercedes Benz GK black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ,” the statement read.