A civil servant kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway has ordered his family to sell his car and withdraw the last N2million in his account to meet the ransom demand of his abductors, Daily Nigerian reports.
Muntari Yusuf was kidnapped alongside many other travellers on Tuesday, April 2 along the expressway while traveling to Abuja.
He reportedly works with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
In a recorded telephone conversation with his brother, Nura, the kidnappers initially demanded N50million.
When the family raised N6million, the kidnappers rejected the offer, describing it as rubbish.
Yusuf was then heard in emotion-laden voice directing his brother to withdraw N2million from his account and sell off his car to augment the initial offer.
“Since you are able to raise N6million, there is N2million in my account. You can go to the bank and withdraw it. If you reached agreement with them, fine. If they didn’t agree, go and sell that my (Toyota) Rav 4 car.
“I know the situation I am in. So don’t handle the issue with levity. Don’t speak to them (kidnappers) in harsh tone,” Yusuf cautioned.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reiterated its commitment to support the Nigeria Police, DSS and other security agencies with real time geospatial and imagery intelligence whilst making available its air assets for the conduct of tactical air support missions and increasing the frequency of air reconnaissance along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari axis.
This is part of inter-agency cooperation to address security challenges in the country, especially the issue of kidnapping and armed banditry along the route.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, disclosed this on Wednesday, April 3, while playing host to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, and the Director General DSS, Yusuf Bichi, at Headquarters NAF, Abuja.
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