â€¢ Says he was abducted at gun point
By John Shiklam in Kaduna
TheÂ factional Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Dalandi Wada, who was reported missing last Saturday by his family members has been found.
He was said to have been abducted by some unknown persons at about 6a.m. last Saturday after his morning prayers at a nearby mosque in his Angwan Rimi GRA residence by 5:30a.m.
The Director of Administration of the faction of the party, Major Yahaya Shinko (rtd), who confirmed that he has returned home, said the party leader was released by his abductors in Zaria at about 5:30a.m. yesterday and was brought home by an acquaintance.
â€œThey released him, so we are taking him to the hospital for blood test. He has high blood pressure and the bread and water his abductors gave him, may be poisonous, we donâ€™t know, we want him to run medical test.â€
Shinko said on arrival, Wada went straight to the police headquarters in Kaduna to report the incident.
â€œWe have been to the police headquarters together and he has narrated his ordeal to the police, I was there and I can tell you everything,â€ Shinko said in a telephone interview.
According to him, â€œAfter theÂ prayers, at about 6a.m. as Wada was heading back home, he was approached by somebody wearing a white agbada.
â€œThe manÂ saluted him in accordance with the usual Hausa culture. Suddenly the man removed a pistol from his side pocket and pointed to his chest and ordered him into a waiting vehicle – a Sienna.
â€œThere were about six people waiting in the car. They put him at the back seat, sandwiched by two of his abductors.
â€œAfter the car moved some metres away, he sighted about three rifles in the booths of the car.
â€œOne of his abductors asked him why he was looking back? The leader of the gang ordered that his eyes be blindfolded,â€ Shinko said.
QuotingÂ Wadaâ€™s statement to the police, Shinko, saidÂ the abductors of the factional party chairman drove about two to three hours, â€œbut he could not say whether they were driving within or outside Kaduna city.â€
According to Shinko, Wada was takenÂ to a compound with his eyes still blindfolded.
â€œThey kept him for sometime and when it was around 1p.m., they asked him whether he would pray after they had performed their prayers. It was then that it dawned on him that his abductors were all Muslims.
â€œAt about 1a.m. on Sunday, they fired about four gunshots in the air, then they brought plain papers to him and asked him to sign his signature.
â€œHe said at that time they had removed the blindfold on his eyes, but because he was blindfolded for too long, he couldnâ€™t see clearly .
â€œHe told them that he cannot append his signature on any plain paper. He told them to write something and he will sign it for them.
â€œWhen he insisted that he will not sign a plain paper, they went out and in the process of their conversation he overheard some of them saying that after all what they are doing, Mr. XÂ (name withheld)Â may not even recognise their efforts.
â€œWhen they came back to meet him, they told him that they had written something and asked him to sign.
â€œAt the end of the day they force him to sign three documents.â€
Shinko said they had wanted him to denounce his â€˜chairmanshipâ€™ (factional) of the APC in Kaduna. They said he should sign that he has withdrawn his membership of the APC and that he is no longer interested in politics.
â€œThey said if he cannot sign, he should allow them to record his voice, telling the world that he has resign from being the â€˜acting state chairmanâ€™ of the APC Kaduna for peace to reign.
â€œSo he refused to allow them record his voice. But they took his signature. We have told the police that whoever presents his signature anywhere, that person should be considered as the prime suspect.
He added: â€œThey took him out around 5:30a.m. yesterday and dropped him after the College of Aviation in Zaria and that was when he realised where he was.
â€œHe went to pray in a mosque and after the prayers, he met with an acquaintance and he narrated his ordeal and the person offered to drive him to Kaduna.â€
Shinko alleged that the abduction ofÂ Wada was politically-motivated.
â€œWhether anybody likes it or not, this incident has political undertones. We have asked the police to investigate and fished out those behind it.â€
According to him â€œthe political crisis in the APC in Kaduna State has led to the demolition of two houses by the state governor.
â€œThe first house was owned by the Zonal Chairman of the APC in the North-west, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, and the second one is owned by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi,â€ he said.
He added that the other faction of party loyal to Governor Nasir el-Rufai and his own faction of the party had conducted their separate primaries for the local government elections slated for May 13, 2018.
â€œWhat we are suspecting is that they want Wada to denounce his leadership of the (faction) party so that the lists of their candidates will prevail.â€