- Police authority has rescued Adamawa DPO, Ahijo Muhammad, from kidnappers' captivity
- Muhammad was on Wednesday, November 26, kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Mubi area of Adamawa state
- The police, however, said the DPO was rescued on Sunday, December 1, without any ransom
Barely six days after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, the Adamawa state police command has rescued its Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Mubi north, DSP Ahijo Muhammad.
The Nation reports that the DPO was kidnapped in the northern Adamawa town of Mubi on Wednesday, November 26, by gunmen who demanded N20 million for his release.
Legit.ng gathered that the newspaper reported that a video clip on the abductors demanding the ransom and threatening to kill him if it was not paid and a family negotiator begging for time, went virile, raising fears for the life of the DPO.
It was learnt that the fears remained up to the evening of Saturday, November 30, when the state police public relations officer insisted in a telephone interview with the newspaper that the police command was intensifying efforts to rescue the DPO and would not be part of ransom negotiation.
A press statement from the state police issued on the morning of Sunday, December 1, however, said that the state police operation Puff Ader/Operation Farauta rescued the DPO from the hands of the abductors on Saturday night.
The press statement which was signed by the command public relations officer, Sulaiman Nguroje, said the DPO was rescued unharmed.
“The command anti-kidnap unit is now investigating the matter with a view to arresting the fleeing kidnappers,” the statement said.
According to the report, Nguroje said police officers and other security agents succeeded by Saturday night in rescuing the DPO.
Dismissing the notion in some quarters that the DPO’s family must have paid ransom for the kidnappers to have allowed him to go from them, he said what secured the DPO’s freedom was the operational effort of the police which had been on from the day of the DPO’s abduction.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigeria police force arrested a village head in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state for allegedly working with kidnappers.
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