- Six senior police officers have been reportedly kidnapped by bandits in Katsina state
- The policemen were said to have been abducted on their way to their new place of deployment in Zamfara state
- After keeping the policemen for over one week, the bandits are allegedly demanding N100m ransom to release them
Suspected bandits who kidnapped six senior police officers, Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) in Katsina state are demanding N100m ransom for their release, a report by The Punch states.
The newspaper notes that the abducted ASPs were among the nine who were just promoted to their current rank.
Legit.ng gathers that they were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno state.
The police officers were recently demobilised from the riot unit and eight of them were on their way to the Zamfara state police command on a transfer when they were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina state and taken into the forest.
However, two of the senior police officers were able to escape while the remaining six have been held captive for over one week.
One of the two officers who escaped from the abductors told The Punch, when contacted, that he was too weak to recount the incident.
The Punch stated that police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, is yet to respond to inquiries on the incident.
However, the spokesperson of Borno state police command, DSP Edet Okon, said there was no reported case of abducted policemen from the command, adding that the alleged victims were no longer serving at the command because they had been transferred.
In another related development, the armed men who kidnapped some Nigerian French Language students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, have demanded a cumulative sum of N270 million as their ransom.
One of the students among those in the bus who succeeded in escaping, Dickson Oko, said the kidnappers had reached out to the families of the kidnapped students, demanding N30 million ransom on each.
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