Bandits Kidnap 12 Assistant Superintendents Of Police In Zamfara

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12 (ASPs) were recently kidnapped while traveling between Katsina and Zamfara States.

The BBC Hausa reports on Tuesday that families of the officers had been contacted to raise the ransom for their release.

 

The families of 12 senior police officers who were abducted and held hostage by gunmen on their way to Zamfara State from Borno State have been worried about the fate of their husbands ever since according to a BBC Hausa report.

 

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Ten days ago, senior ASP police officers were abducted by gunmen in a village between Katsina and Zamfara states, but reports of their abduction have now surfaced.

 

The family of the police told the BBC they were on their way from Borno State to conduct a special operation in Zamfara State when they were ambushed by gunmen and arrested.

 

The wife of one of the police officers told the BBC that she had not heard from her husband for three days until she went to the Borno State police barracks to learn that their husbands had been abducted, and later said the two had escaped from the gunmen where they called the headquarters that the rest of the officers had been taken away.

 

She added that she later got a phone call from her husband but only briefly, explaining to her the situation in the hands of their captors.

 

“He called me on Wednesday and told me that he was in the hands of the kidnappers. He said,” Please try to get my house mortgaged for at least N1 million as soon as possible otherwise there will be trouble, “she said.

 

She said she had not heard his voice since that day but had been telephoned by a police officer who told her to collect her ransom money immediately.

 

She said: “He said N800,000 each would be gathered, we were trying to mix – we just can’t sleep until God’s prayers bring them out safely.”

 

The BBC has contacted police spokespersons in Zamfara and Katsina states, where the incident is thought to have taken place, but said they were unaware of the abduction.

 

However, the families of the officers continue to call for their husbands’ release.

 

 

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