Agatu Militia Abducts Hausa Chief in Kogi


Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja

The Agatu militiamen from Benue State tuesday adducted Alhaji Audi Musa the Serikin Hausa Bagana in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The chief of Hausa who is known for his peaceful disposition, was abducted yesterday night in his family house.
Sources disclosed to THISDAY that he was abducted when the hoodlums numbering over 20 stormed Bagana town, shooting sporadically before abducting the Hausa chief after dragging him on the road for half an hour before he was whisked to an unknown destination.

According to a source who crave anonymity, “ We were taken by surprise as it was late in the night when the gunmen, who came in through the Benue State axis, were armed with sophisticated weapons such as AK47 stormed the community.

“They went straight to Alhaji Audi Musa, tied him to their motorbike and dragged him on a long distance before escaping through the foot path.

“As am talking to you, his whereabouts are not known and the entire town is now a ghost of itself as people are parking in drove to avoid being cut in reprisal,” the source said.

Bagana , a riverine town in Omala, has witnessed wanton destruction of lives and property by the warring Agatu militias and Fulani herdmen who used the town as test ground to launch attack on each order.

The source noted that since 2013 that the fight broke out between Agatu and Fulani in Benue State, the Agatus that escaped to Bagana in Kogi State for refuge made the people of Omala to live in fears as the violent clashes have become a recurrent decimal in the community.

He added that in 2014, the town was reduced to rubbles as the fight led to the burning of the town while several lives were lost.

He stressing that the people have barely started coming back to rebuild their property before current abduction of the man believed to be the rallying point of Hausa indigenes in the town.
The source stated that the town would not know peace with the two chiefs .

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Williams Aya. said they have drafted fully armed policemen to the village to restore confidence while search has been intensified for his rescue.