Bandits abduct son of Buhari’s aide on return from farm house.

Bandits at about 8:30pm of Saturday seized Sanusi Maikano, the son of Abubakar Maikano, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administrative officer, barely a few minutes after he returned from his farmhouse.

Witnesses said Sanusi was abducted in his residence in Gwantu, headquarters of Sanga Local Government Area in Kaduna State.

The armed bandits, numbering about eight, trailed Sanusi from his farmhouse to his residence, a security official said.

The bandits did not harm anybody inside the house, where Sanusi’s two wives also reside.

“When they came to the house, they found three young men, including the younger brother of the victim. They asked ‘where is Sanusi?’ They were told that he was not around. But they insisted that they saw him alighting from his car not long ago,” one of the sources said.

Another source said the gunmen tied up one of the young men identified as Sanusi’s younger brother.

“As the bandits were coming out of the gate, they met Sanusi coming in. They quickly released the boy and took away Sanusi,” the security source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Sanusi, it was learnt, was in his father’s house which is a stone’s throw from his, when the assailants came to his house.

The gunmen took away their victim without firing any shots. “It was when they left the area and headed to the untarred road leading to the General Hospital that they fired four shots in the air,” another source said.

Sources said there was no security guard in the house when the gunmen came. It was gathered that one of the soldiers stationed in Gwantu always escorted Sanusi to his farmhouse located behind the Roman Catholic Church.

This development comes three months after a foiled robbery attack on Abubakar Maikano’s residence and that of Ibrahim Gambari, the President’s Chief of Staff, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The news sound uncomfortable as Patmos Media Line learnt that Buhari’s isolation over Covid-19 may make things difficult for his aide.

No ransom has been demanded.

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