It is more than a week since the Caretaker Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, LGA, of kaduna State, Hon. (Dr.) Bege Katuka Humble was kidnapped on his farm in Juji Village, Chikun LGA, Southern Kaduna zone of the State.
Since being kidnapped, relatives, friends, political allies/cohorts, government officials and concerned citizens have been trooping the wife’s family house in kaduna to sympathize with the family.
A family member who pleaded anonymity told Gurara Accord on Saturday that the kidnappers initially demanded N100m ransom and later reduced to N80m before further lowering it to N30m.
However, the kidnapping of Katuka has triggered mixed reaction across discerning minds. While politicians close government are saying that the government is working quietly to ensure his release, others have reprimanded the government on procastination and for being complacent.
Hon. Danjuma Bello Sarki, a kaduna-based politician recently vented his anger on social media concerning the slow intervention of government pertaining Katuka’s release.
According to Sarki, “It is so shocking that it is about a week today since Katuka was kidnapped, up to now there is no any statement from the Kaduna State Government, the Kaduna State All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Kaduna State Police Command on the matter.
“Katuka is a known die-hard and loyalist of El-Rufai and his administration against all odds. Apart from being a Caretaker Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Council in the past, he was a former Publicity Secretary of the APC in Kaduna State and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Projects.
“He is apparently a strong supporter and defender of the government, governor and the party he belongs to, he has put forth his neck high up in their defence in numerous occasions, no matter whose ox is gored.
“Wherever he is now, he might be going through untold hardship and pains. Likewise, his wife, children, relatives and friends are going through severe trauma and tribulation. They are having sleepless nights and restless days because of the uncertainty of his whereabout and condition. It is indeed a challenging moment for them. I pray that God should rescue and return him back safely.
“I can’t believe that the government can be so quiet about this, carrying on as if nothing has happened, despite happening to someone that is a Chief Security Officer of a unit of a tier of government in the state, who is serving the El-Rufai/APC government diligently and sacrificially.
“Obviously, I feel there’s is an attempt to conceal it, like other hundreds of cases of kidnap and killings that the government is known to make frantic effort to hide.
“If it were one of the governor’s children, wives or cabal members that was whisked away by the men of the underworld, would we be experiencing this deafening silence pervading the state? Or are they waiting for the worst to happen (God forbid), before they would come out with their usual flowery message of sympathy reverberating and echoing round the state as if they care about him or he is of any importance to them. This is not responsible governance.
“Let’s keep politics or partisanship aside, this silence is insensitive, condemnable, ungodly, reprehensible, nauseating, appalling, horrifying and a crass betrayal of trust. It is culpable and one of the reasons insecurity is festering in Kaduna State.
“For whatever reason, Humble does not deserve to be treated this way by people who he has been serving loyally, assiduously and
“I urge the government, party and the police to speak up and take necessary steps to free him from the claws of his abductors and return him back to his family in one piece.
“The case of Abu Hanifa Dadiyata, who was abducted over a year ago and is nowhere to be found, is still fresh in our minds.”