Gunmen have reportedly abducted a prominent Muslim cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Madoki, while he was travelling on the Abuja-Kano Expressway on Thursday.

Madoki was said to have been kidnapped along with his wife, her sister and the wife of his younger brother, according to the BBC.

The cleric is the head of the Sokoto state government’s charity and endowment commission.

He also the former national Amir (President) of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN).

It was learnt that the incident had been reported to the police, which had commenced investigation into the abduction.

But the Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah, said he has not been briefed about the incident.

“I don’t have any information on it, I have not been briefed; maybe by tomorrow, I would have details of the incident,” he said.

The MSSN National Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Bukar, confirmed the kidnap.
However, the B-Zonal Amir of MSSN, Mushafau Alaran confirmed his kidnap through a broadcast message on social media.

The Amir of MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, Saheed Ashafa wrote, “It has been confirmed that our former National Amir , Muhammad Awwal Maidoki was kidnapped, I therefore urge everyone of us to continuously pray for safe release of our dear brother and his family members with whom he was kidnapped.

“Our prayers are deserving for him as our brother in faith and a forerunner in righteousness. Our individual devotion and congregational platforms should take special cognisance of this henceforth.”

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