by Musa Abdullahi
The Zamfara State police command yesterday said the whereabouts of the abducted emir of Bukkuyum was still unknown even as it had intensified search for him.
Alhaji Muhammadu Usman was abducted by unidentified gunmen from his palace when he was preparing to observe his Isha prayer on Friday night.
The gunmen arrived in a car, bundled the emir into it and fled after firing several gunshots. Sources said the kidnappers had demanded for N10 million ransom though the spokesman of the state police command, DSP Sanusi Amiru, denied knowledge of any demand.
Sources at the emir’s palace told Daily Trust that prayers in the 11 districts of the emirates were being intensified for his rescue.
Yesterday, the emir was able to speak to his family, urging them to pray for his release and that he was well and safe in the hands of his captors.
The police spokesman said they had mobilized and dispatched a special team to search for him in and outside the state.