At about 2 a.m. yesterday, in Aso Villa, armed men accused of being robbers broke into the residences of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari and Admin Officer Abubakar Maikano, respectively, inside the Presidential Villa‘s precinct.
According to a political analyst, armed bandits attacked a mosque in Katsina state and kidnapped at least 40 people, including women and children, an hour before the Aso Villa attack
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There is an indication. that the attacks were politically motivated. On Monday, they were kidnapped from a mosque in Kwata, Katsina county, by unknown gunmen, according to police.
According to Gambo Isah, a spokesman for the Katsina state police, heavily armed gunmen stormed the mosque at 2:00 a.m. local time and abducted 40 people who were attending midnight prayers (special night prayers during Ramadan).
It was gathered that the homes of the President’s two senior aides were robbed, with the robbers taking money and other valuables from both homes.
Officials have said that Buhari’s Chief of Staff was given an official residence at the Defence House, but that he has refused to live there, preferring to live within Aso Villa and be close to the president.
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Meanwhile, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, has reported that “a foolish attempt to burgle his residence at 3:00 a.m. this morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful.”
The burglars attempted to break into the house but were unsuccessful, according to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity. He did not, however, clarify why their mission to the house failed.
“Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident,” according to the Presidential Spokesman.
Thousands of civilians have been kidnapped by armed bandits since the civil war began.
Isah, a spokesman for the Katsina Police Department, said 30 of the abducted people had been rescued, with attempts underway to locate the remaining ten. He speculated that the gunmen had taken them to Rugu Forest.
Rugu Forest, which stretches over 220 kilometers (137 miles) from the Niger Republic to a large portion of Nigeria’s Katsina province, serves as a hideout for bandits terrorizing Katsina, Zamfara, and Kaduna states.
Attacks and kidnappings have been common in the council district, which is close to the Rugu Forest.
Hundreds of travelers were kidnapped and a journalist, Ibrahim Dankabo, was killed by bandits last week. A member of the c’s Information Unit who works as a cameraman