Kidnappers of Nasarawa lawmaker’s mum, sister demand N30m ransom
8 May 2017 National
Following the abduction of mother and younger sister of a Nasarawa lawmaker on Saturday night, the kidnappers have said that unless the N30m ransom they demanded is paid, they would not release their victims.
Speaking with The News men on Monday in a telephone interview, the lawmaker, Mr. Kassim Mohammed Kassim, who is representing Akwanga South State Constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said the kidnappers had earlier agreed to take N20m, but after the first day of negotiation, they reverted to their
earlier demand of N30m.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the kidnappers had continued to refuse to negotiate with the lawmaker, preferring instead to talk with his father.
The kidnappers reportedly said that as a friend of state governors, the lawmaker should be able to produce the said amount.
Narrating how the incident happened, Kassim said gun-wielding men invaded his family compound in Moroa village of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State at about 9pm on Sunday, where they kidnapped his mother, younger sister and brother after beating up his father who resisted abduction.
He said the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Bello, was aware of the incident.
Kassim said his younger brother escaped from the kidnappers before they could leave the village and was lucky to get away unhurt as the kidnappers shot at him.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Idrissu Kennedy, who confirmed the incident, said the Police commissioner had drafted a special Police team to rescue the victims and apprehend the perpetrators.
He affirmed that the Police was working tirelessly to ensure that the kidnapped persons regain their freedom.
He appealed to members of the public who have any useful information about the matter to inform the Police.