Apr. 8, 2014
Gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has kidnapped a prominent politician in Borno State, Stephen Abba Madu Marama.
Marama was kidnapped on Sunday while on his way from the village to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Speaking to DailyPost on Tuesday in Maiduguri, a close relation to the kidnapped politician revealed that his abductors had demanded to speak with the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima and Senator, Mohammed Ali Ndume.
According to the source, Bundi Madu, “We have been trying to get across to the state governor, Kashim Shettima and Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume but to no avail.
“Now, we are confused because the kidnappers, who spoke with us, using our father’s phone told us that if they did not get to speak with either the Borno State Governor or Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume in the next one hour, they would be left with no option than to execute him”.
He said if they had demanded for money, they would have looked for it but that they were left with no option as the kidnappers only asked to speak with Governor Shettima or Senator Ndume.
“They are aware that these people are not easily available; I think they only want to kill him because they know there is no way we can get these people to speak with them. Our family is destabilized since we received the call that our father has been kidnapped”, Madu added.
DailyPost gathered that the politician who has aspired for the governorship of Borno State was kidnapped while driving alone in his Lexus Jeep LX 470 shortly after a military check point in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
It was also revealed that he is interested in contesting for the Southern Borno senatorial seat in 2015, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that he is already gaining the people’s support, as they are clamouring for a representative particularly from the Biu, Hawul axis.