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Bandits track deputy governor’s driver, abduct him at friend’s residence

Daniel Ogoshi, the driver of the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, has allegedly been kidnapped by bandits.

It was gathered that the suspected kidnappers tracked the victim to the residence of his friend at Ombi 2, College of Agriculture, Kwandere Road, Lafia, and abducted him around 9:30 pm on Tuesday.

The Punch reports that the gunmen, however, left the driver’s phone and car behind.

The victim’s family friend, described the incident as unfortunate, and revealed he received a call around 9pm that his brother had been taken away by the kidnappers.

According to Punch, kidnapping had been prevalent in the state and top government officials had not been spared.

Similarly, ex-Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has said that he paid some “crazy amount of money” to secure his father, Pa Michael’s release from kidnapper den in 2018.

The football star’s dad was abducted five years ago with his driver, Ishaya John, along the Markurdi – Enugu road while on their way from Jos, Plateau State.

He recounted during an interview with Dubai Eye 103.8 Sport, that he was informed about his father’s abduction about four hours before Nigeria’s final World Cup match against Argentina in 2018.

Mikel narrated how a family member called to tell him that he had to contact the kidnappers on a designated number, which he did and subsequently got ordered to pay a ransom.

The ex-Chelsea midfielfielder further explained that although he was distraught by the news, he had to put it aside and play the match.

He said in part;“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I was confused. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could not let 180 million Nigerians down. I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew….

“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not….

“It was horrible. After the game, I got back on the phone, tried to negotiate with them and spoke with them. They were calling some ridiculous amount of money for a start, and in the end, I still had to pay some crazy amount of money to get my dad out.”