Six Kidnapped ASPs: Bandits Demand N100m Ransom

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Bandits have demanded N100 ransom for six kidnapped ASPs.

The Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) were kidnapped in the Dogondaji area of Katsina penultimate Sunday.

It was learnt that the policemen attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State were recently redeployed to the Zamfara State Police Command and were en route to the state when the incident occurred.

Reports say that the policemen were demobilised from the riot unit and eight of them were heading to Zamfara on transfer when the bandits waylaid the commercial bus they were travelling in and took six of them into the bush.

“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.

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“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.

“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,” The Punch quoted an unnamed source saying.

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The Public Relations Officer, Borno State Police Command, DSP Edet Okon, said there was no report of the kidnap of any policeman in the command.

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