Kidnappers of Mujeli Ahidjo, the DPO of Mubi North local government of Adamawa State have threatened to kill him today (Thursday) unless the sum of N20 million is paid.
In an audio clip in Hausa language, at the disposal of FOMBINATIMES, a man assumed to be the kidnappers’ kingpin was heard threatening the negotiator that if the relatives of the kidnapped DPO failed to deliver the ransom on Thursday, (Today), the abductors would have no alternative other than to eliminate the abducted policeman.
The divisional police officer was kidnapped on Wednesday, November 26 around 6.30 pm along Mubi-Maraba road by unknown gunmen.
In the audio clip, the negotiator whom FOMBINATIMES learnt was a policeman was heard strenuously begging the kidnapper for additional time for friends to realise the ransom demanded.
The kidnapper then asked the negotiator whether he was with the area commander but the negotiator told him he was alone.
“I’m just coming from the bathroom. We are seriously mobilizing for funds,” the negotiator said.
When the kidnapper asked how much was realized, the negotiator said he was not aware of the amount the other side has mobilized so far noting that on their part, the sum of N500,000 have been realized.
“From my side and that of traders, we have realised the sum of N500,000…”
Apparently angered by the low amount so far realized, the kidnapper interjected the negotiator and warned him that he was not out for a joke.
“I must tell you that we are right now holding two people including the DPO. The two other people will be released on Thursday. If you fail to pay the ransom of the DPO, we shall surely kill him,” the kidnapper said.
To make his threat more pronounced, the kidnapper told the negotiator that a day before, they launched an attack in the Eastern part of Mubi town leading to the death of some policemen.
FOMBINATIMES also reported two policemen have been feared killed and six locals have been kidnapped following an attack by some suspected gunmen on a police convoy and some commuters vehicle along Gyella road, in Mubi south local government of Adamawa state.
“I hope you are aware that tomorrow is Thursday, I will release two people whose ransom will be paid. I swear if you didn’t bring the money, I will personally execute the DPO.
“I will ensure killing him on Thursday so that he did not benefit from the prospect of dying on a holy day like Friday.
“I will assure you if N5 is missing from the N20 million ransom demand, you will only come to collect his dead body if you are lucky, otherwise you may not even see the dead body.
“Look for Aliyu his brother and whatever you discussed let me know,” the kidnapper directed with a final note.
FOMBINATIMES also learnt from family of the kidnapped DPO that the kidnappers gave an ultimatum of Thursday for them to produce N20 million ransom or risk the death of their brother.
“They have actually given us up till Thursday to produce N20 million otherwise they will kill the DPO.
“We are still making efforts to see that we meet up with the requested ransom,” the family source disclosed.
When contacted before going to press, today another source close to the family told FOMBINATIMES reporter that he was not in tune with developments surrounding the kidnapping today.
When contacted, the image-maker of Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje said they are not aware of the development saying that the police are making efforts to rescue the DPO and arrest the kidnappers.
“I didn’t know anything about the ransom, the command has deployed operation Farauta/Puff Adder to checkmate the activities of the criminals and dislodge them from their hideouts and rescue him,” he said.