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Dr. Mahmud Ahmed Aliyu, the Dodo of Wawa (Gbere) in Niger State, has been kidnapped by suspected bandits.
Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, the traditional king was taken from his castle in Wawa, a suburb of New Bussa, the headquarters of the Borgu local government region, in the company of his wives.
According to reports, the criminals invaded the palace with firearms and cutlasses, proceeded straight to his apartment, and whisked him away to an unknown place.
Aliyu is Wawa’s 16th Dodo and a PhD candidate in Environmental Science at Malaysian National University in Kuala Lumpur.
The family has, so far, not received any call from his abductors.
Spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who confirmed the incident, said that police and vigilantes were already on the trails of the bandits to rescue the district head.
“The Police tactical team and members of the vigilante of the area have been deployed for manhunt of the hoodlums, with a view to rescue the victim and arrest the culprits,” the PPRO added.