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Police nab alleged kidnappers of Perm Sec

Minna — The Police in Minna, Niger State on Saturday arrested four persons suspected to be  kidnappers of Alhaji Adamu Umar, a Permanent Secretary in the Niger State civil service.

Umar was was kidnapped at Dikko junction, near Zuba, on November  7, 2009 and taken to Warri, Delta.
The Commissioner of Police in Niger, Mr Michael Zuokumor, told journalists in Minna on Saturday that the suspects were arrested at various locations and were already being interrogated by the Edo State Police Command.

Zoukumor said no ransom was paid to the suspected kidnappers. “We had the ransom money with security agents which we used to lure the kidnappers. That led to their eventual arrest,” he said.

He said the suspects would be brought to Niger State to face the law and assured that the Police were very ready to rid the state of criminal elements.

Umar, who spoke on his ordeal, commended the security agents, the state government and well wishers for their prayers toward his survival throughout the period he stayed with the captives.

He said his ordeal began when he parked his vehicle to purchase palm oil at Dikko junction, near Zuba, at 7.45 p.m on November 7, and discovered that the price had increased from N1,100 to N1,200 per four litres.

“I drove to the other side of the road and discovered that the amount was the same, so I bought it only for me to be sandwiched by two vehicles, one dangerously reversing toward me and a four-wheel drive closing on me at my back.

“Two persons in army uniform came out and told me to behave or else they would blow my brains and I cooperated with them,” he said.

He added that the suspected kidnappers drove him toward Zuba until they reached Warri, in Delta State where they kept him for one week.


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