Wednesday, 16 July 2014

German abducted by unknown gunmen in Adamawa this morning

Gunmen riding on motorcycles, Wednesday morning, abducted a German in Gombi town of Adamawa State.The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. at Anguwan Faransa area of the town, residents told PREMIUM TIMES.The man, who is said to be the principal of a technical skill acquisition centre in the town, was abducted on his way to work.

A resident of the town, who asked not to be named for security reasons, informed PREMIUM TIMES that the man, whose name he gave as Mr. Nachi, is a very popular figure in the town.

“The abductors laid siege on his house, and they came on motorcycles. As soon as the man came out and was about to get into his car, two persons on foot approached him and pointed a gun at him. They now called the two other sets of people on motorcycles who approached them and they carried him away on their motorcycle,” the witness said.

“Almost everybody in this town knows him because he helps us a lot, especially in the area of repairing the town’s water bore holes. Most of the time he uses his own money to buy equipment and repair our boreholes,” he added.

He also said Mr. Nachi trains students on technical and vocational skills free of charge.

The German Embassy in Abuja when contacted over the telephone said it was not yet aware of the incident.

“The press officer is not yet in, but at this end we are not aware of something like that,” an official of the embassy told PREMIUM TIMES on phone.

The embassy also promised to get back with information as soon as it is available.

The spokesperson of the police in Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar, who said he was in a meeting and could only communicate via text messages, is yet to respond to an inquiry at the time of this report.

Adamawa is one of three states under emergency rule due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.

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