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Banditry: Zamfara Speaker’s father dies in captivity



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The abducted father of Zamfara State House of Assembly Speaker has reportedly died in captivity.

Chronicle NG reported that Alhaji Abubakar, father of Zamfara Speaker, Hon. Nasiru Magarya, who was the District Head of Magarya village, was abducted on August 5, by bandits.

Recall that the bandits abducted the elder statesman on August 5, alongside the speaker’s stepmother, uncle and four other relatives.

The gunmen carried out the operation in Magarya community of Zurmi Local Government Area of the State.


However, following repeated offensives by security operatives in the area, the bandits abandoned the victims and fled for safety.

Sixteen victims, including a three-month old baby Khadija Muazu, and her mother Hauwa Muazu, were rescued by the State police command on Saturday.

The latest development was confirmed the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Elkanah.

According to the commissioner, the speaker’s father was still missing as he could not be found amongst the rescued victims.

Subsequently, the elder brother of the deceased, Malam Dahiru Magarya who was among the released kidnapped victims told newsmen in the State that the Speaker’s father had died of heart attack while in the abductors’ den.


“One of the bandits’ kingpins popularly known as Kachalla informed me that my brother died due to heart failure while in captivity.

“We were separated when they kidnapped us, they took my brother to another camp but it was Kachalla, one of the commanders of the bandits that told me about the death of my brother which was a result of a heart attack hours before our rescue,” he said.

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