Alhaji Muazu Abubakar, father of Zamfara State House of Assembly Speaker, Honourable Nasiru Magarya's father, has allegedly died in the hands of his abductors.
WuzupNigeria reported that the speaker’s father, his wife and a three weeks old baby were abducted by bandits eight weeks ago along with three other persons.
This was confirmed by the older brother to the deceased, Mallam Dahiru Saraki Magarya, during an interview on Saturday.
Although other victims who were kidnapped alongside the speaker’s father were rescued on Saturday, Abubakar was not.
Speaking on Abubakar's death, Malam Dahiru who was also kidnapped and rescued on Saturday said the speaker’s father died of a heart attack in the den of the kidnappers.
He said, “One of the bandits’ kingpins popularly known as Kachalla informed me that my brother died due to heart failure while in captivity. We were separated when they kidnapped us, they took my brother to another camp but it was Kachalla, one of the commanders of the bandits that told me about the death of my brother which was a result of a heart attack hours before our rescue.”
The deceased's wife, Hauwa’u Magarya who was also kidnapped said she learnt of her husband’s death from the bandits.
“I heard them say my husband has died and I was shocked but I submitted everything to Almighty God.”
The Zamfara State police command is however yet to confirm the death of the speaker’s father.
Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkanah, presented the rescued victims before reporters in Gusau yesterday.
He noted that the rescued victims have undergone various medical checkups and would be reunited with their families.
The Police chief said 16 victims, including a three months old baby, Khadija Muazu, and her mother Hauwau Muazu, were rescued and safely returned when the fleeing bandits abandoned them at their various camps.
He said efforts were being made to rescue the speaker’s father from his captors.