By John Shiklam in Kaduna
The paramount ruler of the Adara people in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, the Agwom Adara, Maiwada Raphael Galadima, who was abducted last Friday with his wife has been killed by his abductors.
The wife was released last Sunday and was taken to the hospital.
An official of the Adara Development Association (ADA) who broke the sad news on Friday said the kidnappers collected an undisclosed some of money as ransom before killing him.
He said the traditional ruler was killed on Thursday night, adding that his corpse was recovered and deposited at the St. Gerald Catholic Hospital Kakuri, Kaduna.
The paramount ruler was abducted on his way to his palace in Kachia after accompanying Governor Nasir el-Rufai to Kasuwan Magani to commiserate with the community over the bloody violence that claimed many lives last week Thursday.
His convoy was intercepted by the bandits who killed his police orderly and four other palace guards before he and the wife were taken to the bush.
The President of the Adara Development Association, Awemi Dio Maisamari, had in a statement on Thursday urged the Kaduna state government to ensure the immediate release of the traditional ruler from captivity,
“Government must act fast, as any harm to him may become a long term potential source of crisis” the statement had warned.
A similar incident had occurred in January 2018, when another traditional ruler in the southern part of Kaduna State, the Etum Numana, Gambo Makama, and his pregnant wife were abducted and killed in Arak, Sanga local government area of the Kaduna.
The spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, did not respond to telephone calls and text messages when contacted.