- A group of kidnappers who abducted a famous cleric has demanded for N300 million ransom
- The cleric identified as Sheik Ahmad Sulaiman, was abducted while returning to his base in Kano after attending a religious function in Kebbi state
- The kidnappers say they were sent by an influential politician to abduct and kill the cleric
Ransom has been demanded by the kidnappers of a famous Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmad Sulaiman, who was abducted while returning to his base in Kano after attending a religious function in Kebbi state.
PR Nigeria reports the kidnappers have demanded N300 million before Sheik Sulaiman could be released from their hideout.
Legit.ng gathers that the cleric is said to be a prayer warrior and fanatical supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was said to have offered prayers for the re-election of the president at some political rallies organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the buildup to the 2019 general elections.
According to the supposed ringleader of the abduction gang, they were sent by an influential politician to abduct and kill the cleric. He said the politician claimed that Sheik Sulaiman is a terrorist.
The ringleader said: “However, after taking a close observation, we noticed that our victim has no semblance to a terrorist. We discovered that he is rather a God-fearing Muslim and very knowledgeable preacher. We also interrogated him, and he told us everything about himself.
“But it will be unfair that we fritter the three hundred million naira the politician gave us without executing his work. So, we are intending to give him back his money since we may not be able to do his bidding. And again, we will also express our displeasure to him for wrongly accusing the Sheikh to be an insurgent, when in reality, he wasn’t.
“But in the meantime, you (his people) should first raise the three hundred million we will return back to the politician. And then, you will also give us money for fueling the vehicle we used to convey him to Kebbi.
“But if you people cannot raise the money we demanded, we will not hesitate to eliminate Mallam, and collect the additional sum the politician promised us if we should kill him.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Mahadi Hassan, an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was kidnapped in Jigawa state.
John Kaiwa, the head of department of voter education and publicity in the state confirmed the kidnapping on Tuesday, March 19.
Kaiwa revealed that the INEC official who was kidnapped on Giwa Road in Jigawa has been missing since Friday, March 15.
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