The police command in Adamawa has confirmed the killing of a kidnapper by vigilantes while trying to collect ransom from the family of an abductee.
Police spokesman Sulaiman Nguroje, who confirmed the killing on Wednesday in Yola, added that the incident occurred on August 26 in the Song local government area.
”The state command received a report from the police division in Song LGA on August 26, 2021, that a suspected kidnapper was killed while trying to collect ransom,” Mr Nguroje explained.
He added that the command was investigating the matter.
But a credible source and member of the vigilance group in Murke, Song LGA, claimed three kidnappers were gunned down.
He told NAN that on August 20, a gang of suspected criminals, believed to be kidnappers, invaded Balms community.
The source revealed that during the attack, the criminals stormed the residence of an individual, Bakomi Andrawus, shooting him dead.
”After killing Bakomi Andarawus, the kidnappers went on to abduct his daughter, Queen Bakomi. She spent six days in captivity with the suspects while they demanded N2 million ransom before they will release her,” said the source. “The family of the deceased, while preparing for the burial of the late Bakomi, taxed themselves and raised N170,000 in order to secure the release of the girl.”
According to the source, the family pleaded with the kidnappers, and “they agreed to collect whatever amount was raised.”
He further stated that the kidnappers directed representatives of the family to take the money to a particular place in the bush for collection.
“Considering the plight of the deceased family, the vigilantes resolved to confront the kidnappers. They laid an ambush on the kidnappers who came out from a bush at around 8:30 p.m. on the fateful day to collect the ransom,” the source added. “During the ambush, two of the suspects were gunned down, while one of the suspects ran into the bush with gunshot wounds.”
According to the source, the runaway suspect was pursued, apprehended, and shot dead, while the victim, Queen, was successfully freed.