Abducted Ex-Minister Regains Freedom


The former minister of aviation, Bagudu Hirse, who was abducted by gunmen in Kaduna on Sunday, Nov. 20, has regained his freedom, his brother, John Hirse, has confirmed.

“Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday,” John, retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and currently District Head of Mangu, in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Saturday.

He said the former aviation minister is “hale and hearty”, and thanked Nigerians for their prayers and words of encouragement “during the trying period”.

John, however, did not give further details, and also refused to comment over whether ransom was paid to the abductors.

Mr. Bagudu was abducted by gunmen at the Kaduna residence of Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.

Mr. Bagudu’s abduction took place a day after the release of Sheikh Yusuf, a Jos-based cleric and administrative secretary of the Jamaátu Nasril Islam (JNI), who was equally kidnapped in Kaduna.

The cleric was released on Saturday, Nov. 19, after four days in the custody of his abductors.


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