Nasarawa journalist’s wife’s kidnappers want N5m ransom

By David Odama

Suleiman Abubakar, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Correspondents’ chapel Chairman, Nasarawa State, has said the gunmen, who attacked him and abducted his wife, Yahanasu, demanded N5 million for her release.


Suleiman Abubakar disclosed, yesterday, in Lafia that the abductors, had Wednesday evening, attacked him, his wife and three other women on Gudi-Garaku Road in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state on their way to Lafia, the state capital.

He said he narrowly escaped from the bus, while the abductors went away with his wife and the other victims.

According to Abubakar, the assailants shot at the union’s bus conveying himself and the victims from Keffi, where his wife had gone to register at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, at about 7 p.m.

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“They called me this morning(yesterday), demanding N5 million in order to secure the release of my wife, however, I told them that I can only afford N50,000 and they said I was not serious.

“They also allowed my wife to speak with me on the phone to ascertain that she was alright, “ he said.

“The bus ran into a ditch after being shot at and the gunmen swooped on us. But I escaped while they took my wife and the other women.

“One of the women is the wife of a former state House of Assembly member, who they offered a free ride.”

Meanwhile, ASP Samaila Usman, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Police Command in the state, said the command was working assiduously to secure the release of the victims unhurt.

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