A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse has been abducted by gunmen in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
Spokesman for the Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Usman, said a team of detectives had been deployed across the state to ensure safe and unconditional release of the former minister from his abductors.
In October, a former Minister of the Environment, Laurenttia Mallam and her husband were abducted by gunmen along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, and were released few days after.
Elsewhere, nine people, including two policemen, have been killed by bandits in a fresh attack  at Dole, Tudun Bugaje and Kwangwami Communities in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Dan Awunah, confirmed this in Abuja on Sunday.
Awunah said seven of the victims were members of the communities where the hoodlums attacked.
The bandits attacked the villages yesterday night after carrying out similar attacks in some communities at neighboring shin.
Meanwhile, over 40 people were abducted by gunmen in Maru Local Government Area of the state two days ago.