Suspected gunmen abducted the wife and child of a correspondent of the Voice of America (VOA), Malam Nasir Birnin-Yero, in the early hours of Wednesday in Kaduna.
In the process of the abduction, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who tried to rescue the kidnapped victims, was shot dead by the hoodlums.
Birnin-Yero said the abductors, numbering about 30, attacked his residence in Birnin Yero village near Kaduna at about 1.30 a.m.
“They came to my house at about 1.30 a.m. when I was not at home.
“They forced themselves into my house and asked my wife about my whereabouts and she told them I was not at home.
“They ransack my property before taking my wife and son away.
“One of my neighbour’s, who works with the FRSC, Sabitu Abdulhamid, was shot dead by the kidnappers when he rushed out in an attempt to save my family.
“The kidnappers have not made any contact yet,” Birnin-Yero said
The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Umar Ibrahim, confirmed the death of the corps personnel, describing the incident as very unfortunate.
Ibrahim described the deceased as a very hard working person, who was also a member of the community’s vigilante.
“I am just coming back from the burial. It is a sad day for members of his family and the entire FRSC family,” the commander said.