KUKAH: Ikulu traditional ruler regains freedom from abductors


…As 41 migrants rescued off Turkey’s Aegean coast***

The Chief of Ikulu, Mr Yohanna Kukah, has been released by his abductors, the police confirmed on Thursday.

Mr. Yohanna Kukah is a brother of the Rt. Rev. Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese.

ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, the spokesman for the Nigeria Police Command in Kaduna State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that  Kukah was released by his abductors about 3p.m.

Aliyu said the traditional ruler was unhurt and had re-united with his family.

“On the issue of ransom paid before his release I cannot confirm that.

“We are doing everything humanly possible to arrest the suspect.

Kukah, who is the Chief Ikulu in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was abducted in the evening of Jan, 2 at his residence.

In the meantime, the Turkish coast guard on Thursday rescued 41 illegal migrants after their inflatable boat sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast, a local media reported on Thursday.

The accident happened near Foca district in the western province of Izmir.

The coast guard said all the migrants aboard were rescued.

“The migrants include 13 Afghans, eight Syrians, six Angolans, six Sierra Leoneans, three Eritreans, two Malians, one Iraqi, one Somali and one Comorian,’’ the local media said.

It added that they were believed to have tried to sneak into a Greek island.

The Aegean Sea was a favoured route for illegal migrants seeking to reach European countries via Turkey, but a deal signed between Turkey and the EU in March 2016, has reduced the flow of illegal migration through this route.

The Turkish coast guard data suggested that the number of illegal migrants via Turkey was 21,937 in 2017, down from over 37,000 in 2016.