BANDITS KIDNAP 12 ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE WHILE IN CONVOY BETWEEN KATSINA AND ZAMFARA STATE
The families of 12 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) who were kidnapped by bandits on their way to Zamfara from Borno State have cried out to the Police to help secure the release of their loved ones.
The ASPs were abducted on Saturday, November 7, in a village between Katsina and Zamfara States, BBC Hausa reports.
A family member of one of the abducted policemen told BBC that they were on their way from Borno State to conduct a special operation in Zamfara State when they were ambushed and kidnapped by gunmen.
A wife of one of the police officers told the news agency 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, adding that two policemen had escaped from the hands of the gunmen where they phoned the headquarters that the rest had been taken away.
She explained that she later got a phone call from her husband but only briefly, explaining to her the situation in the hands of their captors.
Quoting her husband, she 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 had not heard his voice since that day but had been telephoned by a police officer asking for her to bring her own ransom so they could secure the release of her husband.
She said: "He said 800,000 each would be assembled, we were trying to mix - we just can't sleep until God's prayers bring them out safely."
The BBC Hausa said it contacted the police spokespersons in Zamfara and Katsina States, but they claimed to have no knowledge of the incident.
Kidnappings for ransom are rampant in northwestern Nigeria, especially in Zamfara and Katsina states.