Kid­nap­pers de­mand N50m ran­som on as­sis­tant po­lice com­mis­sioner

Weekly Trust - - News - An­drew Agbese (Kaduna) & Shehu Umar (Gusau)

Gun­men who ab­ducted the As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Em­manuel Agene have made contact with the po­lice com­mand in Gusau, Zam­fara State and de­manded N50 mil­lion ran­som. A source at the Zam­fara State po­lice com­mand who dis­closed this to our cor­re­spon­dent said the kid­nap­pers es­tab­lished the contact Thurs­day but had not made any sub­se­quent com­mu­ni­ca­tion since then.

He said the gun­men de­manded that the money be given to them be­fore they would re­lease the po­lice of­fi­cer.

ACP Em­manuel Ajene was ab­ducted Wed­nes­day along Birnin Gwari- Fun­tua road while re­turn­ing to his sta­tion af­ter a ca­sual leave.

The Zam­fara State Po­lice Com­mand de­clined com­ment on the mat­ter and could not con­firm the ran­som de­mand but the source said ne­go­ti­a­tions were in progress at press time.

But the Kaduna State Po­lice Com­mand con­firmed the ab­duc­tion.

The spokesman, ASP Mukhtar Hus­sein Aliyu, said the ACP was trav­el­ing to his sta­tion in Zam­fara with his driver when he was ab­ducted.

He said he was not aware of the kid­nap­pers’ com­mu­ni­ca­tion with to the po­lice com­mand in Gusau. He said the po­lice had since the in­ci­dent in­ten­si­fied pa­trol on the route and launched in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent to res­cue the ACP.

“It is only then we can say if they were kid­napped as we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter,” he said.

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