The Nigerian Army has confirmed the kidnap of one of its senior officers, Col. Smaila Inusa, by unknown gunmen in Kaduna State on Saturday night.
Speaking to THISDAY, a reliable intelligence officer quoting a Presidential source, expressed concern that the kidnap might be a revenge mission by the Shiite Islamic sect against the Army over the clash in Zaria last year.
The source however assured that security and intelligence agencies are being mobilised to rescue the missing officer.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Usman Abdul, who had confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday, said that Inusa is serving with Nigeria Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State.
Abdul stated that the colonel was abducted around Kamazo near NNPC junction, Kaduna, around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“The abductors dropped off his wife and left with him in his car and headed towards Abuja. They drove in a Mercedes Benz GK black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ,” the statement read.
Senior Army officer abducted in Kaduna
The Nigerian army said one of its senior officer serving in Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji,Kaduna has been abducted .
The abducted officer, Colonel Samaila Musa, according to a press statement signed by the Deputy Director , Army Public Relations, Colonel Usman Abdul , was abducted at Kamazo area, near NNPC junction, Kaduna.
The statement added that the abductors dropped off the victim’s wife and drove away the Army Officer in his own car. The car was said to have headed towards Abuja.
The statement stated , ” Anybody with useful information or assistance should please assist in tracking these abductors.
“They are in a Mercedes-Benz GLK Black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ. This happened at about 7:30pm on Saturday 26 March 2016.