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Bandits Demand N100m For Six ASPs Kidnapped In Katsina

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Bandits Charge Zamfara Farmers ‘Harvest Fees’ Before Given Access To Their FarmsBandits have demanded N100m as ransom to secure the release of six Assistant Superintendents of Police kidnapped in Katsina State over a week ago

The abducted ASPs were among the nine who were just promoted to their current rank. They were attached to Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Findings on Wednesday, November 18, indicated that the ASPs were attacked at riot unit and eight of them were on their way to the Zamfara State Police Command on transfer when they were ambushed in Dogondaji area of Katsina State and taken into the forest, Punch reports.

While being led away, two of them escaped and one of them was shot in the leg but survived. He found himself at a village and the villagers took him to a police station and he was taken to a hospital.

The other six officers were, as at the time of filing this report, still with the bandits who are demanding N100m ransom.

A police source explained that the nine ASPs were planning to go to Zamfara State together but one of them changed his mind at the last minute while the others embarked on the trip in a commercial bus.

The source was quoted as saying;

When they were released to go to Zamfara, they scheduled a day for the trip from Maiduguri, but one of them said he wasn’t comfortable with the trip and declined to join them. He said he had something to do and promised to join them in Zamfara later.

So, the eight others left, but on getting to Kano, the driver said he couldn’t continue the journey to Zamfara, because his vehicle had developed a fault. They joined another vehicle and on their way around Dongodaji in Katsina State, the bandits accosted and kidnapped them.

The source added;

While being taken away, two of them escaped and one of them was shot in the leg though he didn’t die. He found himself at a village and the villagers took him to a police station and he was taken to a hospital. The other six officers are still with the bandits who are demanding N100m ransom.

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