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Gunmen kill embattled Sen. Elisa Abbo’s uncle, kidnap step mum

Gunmen have abducted the nursing stepmother of embattled Adamawa North Senator, Elisha Ishaku Abbo, and killed his uncle, who raised an alarm over the abduction.

Abbo, the senator representing Adamawa North District in the National Assembly, is yet to recover from the backlash of slapping a woman in an Abuja sex toy shop.

An eyewitness account has it that the gunmen struck the family house of the senator in Muchalla ward of Mubi North Local Government Area of the state at 1am on Saturday and kidnapped his nursing stepmother, Madam Rifkatu Ishaku, who was delivered of a baby just over a week ago.

The witness added that the gunmen, on arriving the area, went straight to Abbo’s family house and abducted his stepmother, and that as they made away with the victim, Abbo’s uncle came out of his room and raised an alarm on sighting the gunmen.

”Immediately, the gunmen opened fire on him (the uncle), leading to his death, and they went away with the victim unchallenged,” the witness said.

Confirming the incident, the Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sulaiman Yshaya Nguroje, said the police had deployed officers and men to track down the killer abductors.

He said, “Our men from the IG rapid response team, in conjunction with men from anti-kidnapping unit, as well as men from homicide unit have been deployed in order to rescue and arrest the suspects.”

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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