The Niger State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mohammed Idris, was on Sunday kidnapped by gunmen at Baban Tunga village of Tarfa Local Government Area of the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Monday.
Mr. Matane said that the gunmen who came on about 15 motorcycles with sophisticated weapons kidnapped the Commissioner at about 11 p.m. during a downpour in the area.
He said that the kidnappers had yet to make contact.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident to NAN and promised to provide more details later.
The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mary Noel-Berje, also confirmed the development in a statement on Monday.
“The Commissioner was said to have been kidnaped by bandits at about one o’clock in the early hours of today from his home at Baban Tunga village in Tafa Local Government of the State.
“Security agencies are however already trailing the bandits with a view to apprehending them,” the official said.