A senior strategist with Dangote Industries Limited, Istifanus Bello Gurama, who was reportedly kidnapped three weeks ago, has been murdered, according to reports in various media outlets.
Gurama’s body was beieved to have been found in the gutter, where his killers dumped him.
A highly placed source in Dangote confirmed that Gurama was the chief stragegist who in the past handled negotiations and ransom payment to kidnappers whenever any of the expatriates in Dangote Industries was kidnapped.
On the day of his kidnap, he was said to have gone, as usual, to negotiate and pay ransom money for the release of kidnapped expatriates but was detained by the kidnappers who reportedly said he was the one they were after.
According to reports, Gurama‘s wife of 20 years, Amina, was inconsolable, when te news was broken to her.
She lamented, “Gurama was a lovely person, if he is not in the house one day, the children will be asking after him endlessly.
“Now, I do not know what to tell the children because he is always chatting with them on social media and phone and for three weeks since his disappearance, they have been wondering where he was because all his activities on social media ceased and the children have observed that it is quite unlike him.”
A key source in the Dangote Industries who confirmed the kidnap however reacted to the news of Gurama’s murder with surprise.
Mr. Tony Chiejina, Dangote’s media director, when contacted, said Gurama was very close to him, reacted with surprise to the news of his death.