How I Escaped Being Kidnapped By Boko Haram – Emir Of Askiria Reveals

The Emir of Askiria, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammadu, has narrated how he escaped from being abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect.

The emir, who is a member of the ongoing national conference, said this in a text message to the Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi on Friday, 30 May, 2014.

Earlier today, it was reported that some hoodlums, suspected to be members of the Islamist militants group, invaded the convoy of dignitaries going for the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar and made attempt to abduct some of the Emirs in the entourage.

According to Muhammadu, who was one of the emirs, he made a narrow escape as the hoodlums descended on him and other emirs.

While disclosing the news in Abuja today, the Assistant Secretary in charge of media and publicity of the National Conference, Mr. Akpandem James. said the conference was happy that the emir was able to escape.

“In response to a text message sent to the Deputy Chairman of the National Conference, Professor Akinyemi, the Emir who was taking a deep breathe after the miraculous escape, said, ‘My deputy Chairman, I’m most grateful, it was a narrow escape’.

“Akinyemi in a solidarity message to the Emir said, ‘Your Royal Majesty, on behalf of the National Conference, please accept our heartfelt relief at the failure of the attack on your convoy. We thank Allah for your safety.”

James added that the deputy chairman also expressed the happiness of all the delegates over the escape of the Emir and whole heartedly condemned what he described as “cowardly and dastardly attack.”

It was gathered that two other Emirs, the Emir of Uba, Ismaila Mamza and Emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Tinta, all in Borno State, were not so lucky as they were kidnapped during the attack.

As at the time of compiling these report, no one knows the location of the traditional rulers although security operatives said they are on the heels of the abductors. 

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