A member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu Bodai, has been abducted by gunmen in Bodai village, Dange/Shuni Local Government Area, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq told journalists.
Bodai is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, representing Dange/Shuni State Constituency was reportedly abducted in his residence in the early hours of Thursday.
The spokesman said policemen are currently carrying out full surveillance of the forest surrounding Bodai and neighbouring communities.
Sadiq assured that the police is working closely with other security agencies to maintain a peaceful and secured environment in the state.
Other reports said gunmen suspected to be cultists have killed five persons in Ilile community, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
Those killed include a retired police officer simply identified as Mr. Ukpabi; immediate past president-general of the community, Napoleon Amadi; a member of vigilante group in the community, Uwagwu Eze and two others.
The Police Public Relations Officers in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident, said three persons were killed and not five as claimed by the resident.
Ikeokwu said he could not confirm if the killings were cult-related but noted that the Commissioner of Police, Rabui Ladodo has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter.