Over 25 Kidnapped Within One Week In Nasarawa

By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia

Over 25 persons have been kidnapped within the last one week in Nasarawa state.

Out of the number, 17 male adults were youkidnapped last week Tuesday night at a Mosque, at the Gwargwada-Sabo community in Gadabuke development area of the state.

However, the chief Imam of the community Mosque and children were reportedly spared.

A resident of the community, identified as Usman, said Families of the kidnapped residents have established contact with the kidnappers, who are demanding N1million in ransom for each victim.

“Actually, they first demanded N50 million on the first day, but as we keep on pleading and negotiating with them, they now said we should pay N1 million on each victim,” he said.

In the week under review, unknown gunmen last Sunday night killed one Mr Adamu Oboshi, of Odu community of Nasarawa local government area, abduct his wife and his 6 years old son.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that Oboshi’s wife, his son and many others were taken to an unknown destination by the gunmen, but the wife was later released and asked to bring 3 million naira before collecting her son.

Latest in the series is the invasion of a private hospital belonging to the former deputy speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Elisha Agwadu, at about 8pm Friday night.

The gunmen numbering 7 invaded Kunwarke Clinic and Maternity in Kantsokuwa, near Federal University Lafia, took away one staff and four relations of some patients, but one victim later escaped.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen who were well armed stormed the hospital around 8pm Friday, shot on air sporadically, asked every one to lie faced down as the made away with their victims.

Speaking with our Correspondent who visited the hospital, the Director of the hospital who is a former deputy speaker of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Hon. Elisha Agwadu disclosed the the kidnappers came thirty minutes after he left the hospital.

According to him, “the kidnappers contacted me this morning at about 6.30 and told me that this was the 26th times they have come after me without getting me. ‘All we are demanding from you now if you don’t want your staff and others to be killed is N20m” he claimed.

“They put a call through to me again at about 12.20pm demanding for a ransom of N20m and I have told them to give me up to 6pm. They have asked me not to contact the police for anything” Agwadu said.
Police Commissioner in Nasarawa State Command, Emmanuel Bola Longe, in a telephone, said he is yet to be briefed on the incidents.

He called on the members of the public to report any suspicious movements to the police, for quick action.

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