BREAKING: Bandits kidnap Senior Police Officers On Abuja Highway
The bandits are demanding N30 million
Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted two senior police intelligence officers who were travelling along the highway between Abuja and Kogi for assignment.
The officers, who were identified as police superintendent Francis Yisa and assistant superintendent John Kefas, were on a reconnaissance mission in Kogi.
People Gazette reports that the officers were on a critical investigation assignment to Kogi when they were kinapped by bandits on August 23.
A senior police chief said officers are now worried about the lives of their colleagues, adding that Inspector-General Usman Baba Alkali did not seem to appreciate the urgency of the matter.
“The IGP is only concerned about the matter getting to the public,” a police chief said under anonymity to avoid administrative backlash for unauthorised disclosure to reporters. “We cannot wait until something worse happens to colleagues before exposing this dangerous situation.”
People Gazette was informed by another officer familiar with the police’s management of the situation that the assailants had reached out with a demand for ransom.
“The bandits are demanding N30 million,” the officer said under assurances that their identity won’t be disclosed.
Mr Alkali declined calls to his mobile phone seeking comment Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the police did not immediately answer calls to his line, Gazette report.
Meanwhile, the police leadership hushed the crisis to avoid another public agitation over the country’s insecurity.