Nigeria Police Force, Nasarawa State Command has swing into action to rescue the former deputy governor of the state, Professor Onje Gye-Wado was kidnapped early hours of Friday.
Professor Onje Gye-Wado, the former deputy governor of Nasarawa state under the administration of ex-Governor Abdullahi Adamu who is currently All Progressives Congress, APC National Chairman was kidnapped at his residence in Gwagi village in Wamba local government area of Nasarawa State.
The Police in a statement in Lafia by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, said the Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Muhammed-Baba, had deployed tactical operatives to rescue the former deputy governor.
The Police Public Relations Officer said the police received reports that the former deputy governor was kidnapped by gunmen in the early hours of Friday at his residence in Wamba Local Government Area.
The Police statement reads in quote: “Information received by the police command indicated that on Friday, April 7 at about 12:30 a.m, gunmen invaded Gwagi village in Wamba LGA, broke into the residence of the former deputy governor, abducted him and took him to an unknown destination.
“Upon receipt of the information, police operatives attached to Wamba Division swiftly moved to the scene, but the hoodlums had fled with the victim before their arrival.”
The Police Public Relations Officer stated that the police commissioner had further mobilised reinforcement comprising police tactical teams, the military, vigilante groups and local hunters to complement the ongoing search to rescue the hostage hale and hearty.
He assured the public that the police would do everything possible to arrest the perpetrators of the act and make them face the law. He called on those with useful information that would aid his rescue to call 09115629178, 09067877096, 08112692680 and 08104441179.
The former Deputy Governor kidnapping is coming same week a Lafia-based businessman, Dogara Usman was killed by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
Usman popularly known as Dangote was reportedly killed along Kurikyo road, Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
It was gathered that the incident occurred around 10:20pm, Tuesday April 04, 2023.
Meanwhile, Olukayode Ajulo, a former student of the Deputy Governor, Professor Onje Gyewado has appealed to the kidnappers to release the former deputy governor as soon as possible.
Olukayode Ajulo, in charge of Castle of Law, Boundary House, Uxbridge, in a message titled; “Return Him Home As Soon As Possible: A Passionate Plea For Release Of Professor Gye-Wado” reads in quote:
“The news of the abduction of Professor Onje Gye-Wado, this afternoon, came as a rude shock to me while trying to settle down on my holiday vacation. I had expected a holiday outside the shore of Nigeria to be a break from the stress of work and a time to rejuvenate.
“I can say this supposed stress-free moment is truncated by this unexpected news at this point. I am not only broken because I know Professor Gye-Wado closely but because I know he is not a flamboyant man. He is a man who lives simply, loves genuinely and takes life with ease. His lifestyle is simply enviable.
“Professor Onje Gye-Wado is a man of little needs. He is only influenced by intellectualism and his advocacy for fairness in governance occupies him more than acquiring material things. I have been wondering what could make anyone break into such a simple man’s residence to adopt him.
“He has never been a man moved by affluence even as he served as the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State under the current All Progressives Government Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led administration in Nasarawa State.
“Professor Gye-Wado was my law lecturer at the University of Jos, Jos Nigeria. A devoted Marxist whose unquenchable passion for a just society is commendable. A very simple man who drives a simple mini-bus and would always be on a T-shirt, jeans and a pair of sandals. He had once queried me at the funeral of one of my colleagues and his student, the late Dr (Mrs.) Bunmi Lar, (Nee Olamishegbe) why I had police escorts guiding me and when I told him of my abduction some years back, he said “Don’t be worried. God is always there to guide His own”. This, a statement that has become my watchword whenever I need to travel ever since then.
“While I commend the security agencies for swinging into action to rescue this true patriot, I want to plea with his abductors to release him immediately as he is a man of little means but very rich in knowledge and wisdom that money cannot buy.
“Professor Gye-Wado is a blessing to everyone that crosses his path and not one that his community and Nigeria can afford to lose for a second”.