Nasarawa Deputy Governor’s Convoy Attackers Demand N15m Ransom From 12 Kidnapped Victims

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File photo: Gang members of UBEC Chairman kidnappers arrested by police

By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
The attackers of the convoy of the deputy governor of Nasarawa State on Tuesday went away with  about twelve (12) persons who were traveling in a ‘Toyota Picnic Bus’ on that fateful day.
A family member of the driver of the Toyota, Moyi Oshafu, was said to have been contacted, demanding N15 million ransom for their release.  
The gunmen also killed a civilian (press), three (3) police officers attached to the convoy of Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, deputy govenor of Nasarawa State and a pilot driver.
The kidnappers had attacked and taken the victims away before the Deputy Governor’s police escort arrived to engage them in a shootout that led to the unfortunate lost of lives.
Among the kidnapped victims are Mr Gwanjere Simeon Yakubu, Revenue Officer Nasarawa Eggon Local Government; Akatiki David Abuson – a married woman and  Moyi Oshafu – driver of the vehicle.
A family member, Nuhu Oshafu, who confirmed the abduction of his brother, Moyi Oshafu, said the suspected bandits have contacted them demanding for N15 million as ransom before their release from captivity.
“They have contacted us demanding for 15 million Naira. He was driving a Toyota Picnic bus when he was kidnapped”, Nuhu said. 
Speaking over the incident, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule said the attackers who blocked the express road for over two hours, operating and robbing motorists and passengers alike were about 40 in numbers. 
Sule reassured residents of the state of adequate security and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice. 
“They were up to 40; they killed the policemen, three of them and one other person.
“But, my deputy, he is okay; he came back safe and doing fine,” the governor said. 
Meanwhile, the police has increased surveillance along the axis with its personnel seen on duty at different strategic locations.

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