Kidnappers demand N100m ransom for six ASPs in Katsina.
The kidnappers holding six Assistant Superintendent of Police in captivity for more than seven days are demanding N100m ransom for their release in Katsina State.
According to the information gathered, the ASPs were amongst the nine Police officers who were just promoted to their current rank.
The abducted police officers were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State.
They were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina State by the bandits just after they were demobilized.
9 ASPs were planning to go to Zamfara State Police Command together, but one of them declined the gesture at the last minute stating that he wasn’t comfortable with the trip. He however promised to join them in Zamfara later.
The other eight (8) left,while on board, the driver of the vehicle they boarded said he couldn’t go on with the journey to Zamfara because his vehicle had developed a fault. The ASPs joined another vehicle, while going, they were ambushed and the bandits kidnapped them.
Meanwhile, after the kidnaping two Police officers escaped. Unfortunately, one of them was shot in the leg, though we learnt that he did survived. He was able to found solace in the nearest village where the villagers took him to a police station and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.
However, the other six officers are still with the bandits who are currently demanding for a random of N100m.
In Mopol 6 base in Maiduguri, many police personnel were overwhelmed by the kidnap of their colleagues who just got promoted only to be kidnapped, and this happens weeks after some of their men were being killed and several others injured during an attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum.
The mood in the barracks was very sober with little or no activity going on except for a few anti-riot policemen in uniform clustered in groups obviously discussing the incident.
It was gathered that some personnel of the command were recently attacked at the Bama Local Government Area of the state and the latest development had dampened the morale of the policemen.
It was also gathered that, the Commander, Mopol 6, could not account for the missing men when asked about their abduction.
The Public Relations Officer, Borno State Police Command, DSP Edet Okon, said there was no reported case of policemen from the command being abducted, adding that the alleged victims were no longer serving at the command because they had been transferred.
The Borno State Police Command has not received any signal in respect of her officers being abducted. The alleged abduction of officers is still unknown to us as we have yet to receive any alert on the matter. That is the official position of the command as of this moment, Okon stated.
Meanwhile, the families of the missing police officers were anxious about the safety of their breadwinners following the N100m ransom demanded by the bandits.
It was learnt that the families were attempting to raise N3m for the release of the captives or N500,000 each.