Gunmen kill NAN correspondent’s father, kidnap niece in Kaduna

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed Daniel Yatai, the father of Philip Yatai, a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), and abducted his niece, Brenda.

 

The incident which took place on Tuesday night in Manchok, Kaduna State, has thrown the community into mourning.

 

The father of the NAN correspondent, aged 86, retired from the Nigeria Railway Corporation in 1991.

 

Ms Christiana Yatai, daughter of the victim, in whose presence her father was killed, said that the abductors came to the house at about 11:15 pm on Tuesday night.

 

According to her, they were five in the house; “myself, my dad, my mum, two of my niece and a nephew. They asked us to open the door and when we refused, they broke the main entrance and gained access to the house.”

 

She said her father was in his room and one of them wearing a mask, who was outside, shot him through the window and the bullet hit him from the back.

 

According to her, those who entered the house later went to his room and finished him up.

 

“They went away with one of my nieces, Ms Brenda Friday, 21, a final year student of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya,” she narrated.

 

Another child of the deceased, Joseph Yatai, said the gunmen had contacted the family and demanded N15 million to release the girl.

 

The Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Mohammed Jalige, did not pick up his call for confirmation.