The Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai, 86, by gunmen.
Yatai, the father of Mr Philip Yatai, a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11:15 p.
m. on Aug. 2, at his home in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Obi and Baba-Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased, Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday, consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God. Yatai, who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok, said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances.
“They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control.
“Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason.
“On his part, Baba-Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father’s demise as a call from God,” the son said.
He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better.
He said that his father, who had been buried on Friday, was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life.
“Our father was blessed with 13 children, 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
“He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love.
We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive,” Yatai said.
Gunmen on Tuesday night in Manchok, Kaduna state, killed Mr Daniel Yatai, the father of Philip Yatai, a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria and abducted his niece, BrendaNAN reports that they also abducted, Mr Amos Magbon, Rector of Federal School of Statistics, Manchok, in Kaura Local Government of the state.
The victim, Mr Daniel Yatai, 86, retired from the Nigeria Railway Corporation in 1991The second child of the victim who witnessed the sad event, Ms Christiana Yatai, said that the gunmen came to the house at about 11:15pm.
“We 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.
“My father was in his room and one of them wearing a mask, who was outside, shot him through the window and and the bullet hit him from the back.
“Those who entered the house later went to his room and finished him up.
“They went away with one of my niece, Ms Brenda Friday, 21, a final year student of Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya,” she narrated.
Another child of the deceased, Mr Joseph Yatai, said the gunmen had contacted the family and demanded N15 million to release the girl.
Similarly, brother to the rector, Innocent Magbon, said the gunmen had also reached out to the family to ask for a N15m ransom.
When contacted for his comments on the issue, Kaduna Police Command spokesperson, DSP Mohammed Jalige, promised to get back to NAN.