Two abducted Nasarawa NSCDC personnel regain freedom

Two kidnapped Nasarawa NSCDC staff regain freedom

Two personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) who were kidnapped along with the Chairman of Akwanga Local Government Area of ​​Nasarawa State, Safiyanu Andaha, have regained their freedom.

It would be recalled that the council chief chairman was kidnapped along with his friend, Adamu Custom, and the other victims at Ningo village along Akwanga-Andaha road.

NSCDC State Public Affairs Officer Jerry Victor confirmed his release exclusively to punch on Wednesday, January 3, 2023, in Lafia.

According to Jerry, the two NSCDC officials were traveling with the Akwanga LG chairman when they were barricaded by the armed men who confronted them in large numbers and took them away.

The NSCDC spokesperson, however, said that due to the tense situation during the operation, the security operatives did not repel the gun-wielding bandits as this could have probably endangered the lives of the president, his friend and others. drivers traveling on the road.

“Yes, two officials of the Nasarawa State Command of the NSCDC were kidnapped on Monday along with the chairman of Akwanga LG. One of them is attached to his office and the other is his ally who was off duty on that fateful day,” he said.

“They were kidnapped together, but the people working with the local government chairman were brave enough to quickly identify the threat.

“What he did was gallantly protect his rifle. The objective was to protect himself and also protect his principal, because if the criminals had known that he had a rifle with him, there would have been great damage.

“The other NSCDC personnel were not on duty when the incident occurred. He simply joined the president as an ally for the new year celebration in Ningo village that day.

“After they were kidnapped, the Army later came and took the rifle where he (presidential security advisor) gallantly kept it. The rifle is currently with the Army and the two soldiers are still in hospital receiving medical attention since they regained their freedom,” he said.

The kidnappers on Tuesday morning demanded a ransom of N50 million before being released to their families.

However, a source close to the victims told journalists in Lafia on Tuesday night that N10m was later paid to the kidnappers to secure their release after intense negotiations.

The source added that after the ransom was paid to the bandits, they left the victims behind a gas station along Bayan Dutse road, on the outskirts of Andaha town, to allow their families to locate them.

“They were released at about 9pm on Tuesday behind a petrol station on Bayan Dutse Road after N10m was paid as ransom.

The kidnappers, suspected of being shepherds, continued taking the victims along various paths in the bush, which left them very tired,” he said.

“But they immediately regained their freedom, were escorted by security guards to the hospital to receive medical care and were later reunited with their families,” the source said.

However, State Police Command spokesperson DSP Ramhan Nansel said no ransom was paid to secure the release of the council chairman and the other three victims.

Nansel said the release of the four victims came after sustained pressure on the kidnappers, adding that the bandits had no option but to release the victims.

“The command’s anti-kidnapping unit and Akwanga Divisional Patrol team were deployed to Andaha village to transport the kidnap victims to Akwanga for medical examination before reuniting them with their families,” the PPRO said.


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