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Top Northern Elders ‘Kidnapped’ By Unknown Gunmen After Threat From DSS Director



Two elders identified as Nastura Ashir Shariiff, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), and Balarabe Rufai, the National Coordinator of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) have been bundled away by unidentified gunmen in a Peugeot car in Kaduna State.

It was learnt that before the said elders were abducted, they had earlier gotten a warning from the Department of State Services (DSS) director in the state, who had warned CNG not to go ahead with a press briefing scheduled for NAF Club, Kaduna. 

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CNG however insisted on going ahead with the press briefing but were stopped by the management of NAF club who said they had instructions from above and couldn't allow them use the venue for the press briefing again. 

 Following the development, Shariff and Rufai reportedly apologized and explained to the press, who had already gathered for the briefing, after which they left the place. 

Narrating how the two officials were whisked away, spokesman of the CNG group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said it happened at Nagogo road.

“Both their phone lines have been unreachable for the past two hours but the Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna had called us earlier today and tried to threaten us against going ahead with the briefing. We stood our ground and insisted on our right to freedom of association and expression.
“A few minutes afterwards, we were called from the NAF Club and informed that they were ordered from above to refuse us the use of the hall. We then went to tell the pressmen who were already gathered at the venue and told them of the development and asked them to disperse because we had suspended the briefing. 

 “As we left the NAF Club and drove along a road adjacent to Nagogo road, a hooded Peugeot car blocked the lead car which was conveying the two officials and ordered them into the Peugeot and sped off,” Suleiman explained. 

According to him, they’ve not been able to establish any contact with the two officials, since they were taken away.

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