Kid­napped NPC of­fi­cials in Taraba re­gain free­dom

The Punch - - NEWS - Justin Ty­op­u­usu, Jalingo

TWO mem­bers of staff of the Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Com­mis­sion, Gaddafi AliShehu and Isah Za­radeen, who were kid­napped last Fri­day in Dan-anacha vil­lage in the Gas­sol Local Gov­ern­ment Area of Taraba State have re­gained their free­dom.

The Fed­eral Com­mis­sioner, NPC, Taraba State, Mr Sanny Sale, dis­closed this at a news con­fer­ence in Jalingo on Wed­nes­day.

Sale said the two work­ers were ab­ducted at about 3.45pm last Fri­day while on the com­mis­sion’s rou­tine enu­mer­a­tion Area De­mar­ca­tion ex­er­cise in prepa­ra­tion for next year’s na­tional cen­sus.

The fed­eral com­mis­sioner, who said the two work­ers were released on Tues­day “af­ter con­ces­sions were made,” de­scribed the pe­riod of their cap­tiv­ity as har­row­ing for the work­ers, their fam­i­lies and the com­mis­sion.

“The mo­ment we were in­formed of their ab­duc­tion through a phone call to this of­fice by the kid­nap­pers, we promptly con­tacted the rel­e­vant se­cu­rity agen­cies who mo­bilised to en­sure their timely and safe re­lease.

“We went into in­tense ne­go­ti­a­tions with the kid­nap­pers for the safe re­lease of our col­leagues. I per­son­ally took charge of the dis­cus­sions on Mon­day un­til they were released,” he said.

He did not dis­close whether ransom was paid or not when asked.

Sale, how­ever, thanked all the se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state for their sup­port in en­sur­ing the re­lease of the two NPC work­ers.

In a chat with jour­nal­ists, one of the vic­tims, Shehu, said they were ab­ducted on Fri­day while car­ry­ing out their du­ties in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to him, two men rid­ing on a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­costed them and or­dered them at gun­point to climb the bike.

“We were sand­wiched be­tween the two and whisked away to an un­known des­ti­na­tion,” he said.

The Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, DSP David Missal, who at­tended the press con­fer­ence, told jour­nal­ists that se­cu­rity agen­cies were work­ing hard to stop the menace of kid­nap­ping and sundry crimes in the state.

Missal called on mo­torists to avoid night jour­neys as crim­i­nals usu­ally op­er­ated in the state at night.

“There have been mas­sive de­ploy­ment of se­cu­rity forces around the Dan-anacha axis and so far it is yield­ing re­sult,” he said.

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