Mr. Zakari Umaru-Kigbu, a former National Population Commission (NPC) commissioner, was assassinated in Nasarawa State along with two of his daughters.
The event occurred early on Sunday morning at the residence of Umar-Kigbu in Azuba Bashayi, Lafia Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.
It was reported that the kidnappers sought N50 million ransom for the victims’ release.
Sunday morning, a family member who requested anonymity verified the incident to Daily Trust.
He stated, “Mr. Umaru-Kigbu was recently murdered by gunmen at his home in Azuba Bashayi, Lafia Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, and two of his daughters were also abducted.”
He was a lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, lsa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, till his death (IMAP). Former NPC federal commissioner for the state of Nasarawa.
Our correspondent further learned that the dead was the agent of Mr. Labaran Maku, a former governorship candidate who ran on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket but later withdrew.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, confirmed the occurrence by phone to our reporter, stating that the command received a distress call around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday.
According to him, investigations are proceeding to determine the incident’s circumstances.
Additionally, Nansel verified that two of the deceased’s daughters had been abducted.
He stated, “We responded to the distress call and quickly dispatched our partrol teams of the command, and the military also dispatched troops to the area of the tragedy to assist the Nigeria Police Force in rescuing the deceased’s two daughters unharmed.”
According to him, Umaru-Kigbu passed away at Dalhatu Raf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia.
He continued, “The command has launched a manhunt for the offenders.”
The PPRO stated that the command was unaware of the ransom demand of N50 million.