Fate of kidnapped divisional police officer (DPO) in Adamawa State remained uncertain up to Saturday afternoon, as the kidnappers have insisted on a N20 million ransom, with family and friends nowhere near such a sum and the state police command insistent that it has no hand in ransom negotiation.
The DPO in Mubi North Local Government Area, Mujeli Ahidjo, was abducted on November 26 by gunmen who have been heard on video insisting on either being given complete N20 million ransom or they would kill the DPO.
In the video clip, the voice negotiating on behalf of the DPO’s family is heard saying he was sure the sum of N500, 000 had been raised, against which an apparently angry leader of the kidnappers replied that they were not jokers but were out for serious business.
The kidnapper asserted in the video, which must have been made earlier but went virile on Friday evening, “I must tell you that we are right now holding three 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.