- The commissioner of police in Edo state Philip Aliyu Ogbadu has advised Nigerians to stop paying the ransom to kidnappers
- Ogbadu said the police doors are always open to lodge any case of kidnapping in the state
- The police boss said that the state command was not informed of the kidnapping of a US-based Nigerian until the ransom was paid
Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, the Edo state commissioner of police, has cautioned Nigerians against paying a ransom to kidnappers.
Legit.ng reports that while speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, February 5, the commissioner advised the citizens to quickly report any kidnapping incident to the police authorities.
The police boss was reacting to the kidnap and killing of a US-based Nigerian in Edo state.
The report also stated that the victim, Dennis Abuda, who travelled to Edo for the Christmas holiday was said to have been on his way to the Lagos airport before he was killed by his abductors in the state.
According to the report, Abuda, alongside his family members purportedly, left Fugar, in Etsako Central local government area in the early hours of Saturday in a Toyota Sienna with registration number, LAGOS, SMK 606 GQ, when they were ambushed by the gunmen.
The police commissioner lamented that the state police command was not informed of the incident until the ransom was paid.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigerian Twitter users reacted to a post by the police where it announced a whopping N10m reward for anyone who has useful information on the whereabouts of some suspects captured in CCTV footage.
It was reported that the post was shared via the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Thursday, February 4.
The bulletin contained the still pictures of two suspects who were captured by the CCTV at a crime scene.
According to the police, citizens who intend to report the incident can visit the closest police station for that purpose.