Bandits kill DSS officer after ₦5m ransom in Katsina

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By Charles Nwoke, Katsina, Nigeria.

September 15, 2020

Pictured above, a local view of Katsina region, created by Fatima Bukar ,CC BY-SA 4.0.

A 33-year-old operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), Sadiq Abdullahi Bindawa, has reportedly been killed.

He was murdered even after his abductors received a ransom of ₦5 million.

Bindawa worked with the intelligence department in the DSS headquarters in Abuja.

Kidnappers took Bindawa from his residence, which is located behind the federal secretariat in Katsina State, on Saturday.

The gang of kidnappers stormed the residence at approximately 10:30pm.

Family sources revealed that the deceased and his four-year-old son visited the state last Friday to spend the weekend with their relatives.

Image of Bindawa courtesy of local Nigerian news services.

They disclosed that the assailants, after negotiations, reduced their ₦13 million price tag to ₦5 million.

One of the relatives, who prefers his name remain anynonymous on record, spoke with local news.

“He was about entering his residence behind federal secretariat after returning from our family house when the kidnappers removed him from his car after beating his security guard to coma,” said the victim’s relative,

“We reported the incident to Batagarawa police station but nothing was done.”

The source said the kidnappers agreed to a meeting in the Charanchi area.

“We took the N5 million to them on Sunday in Charanchi as negotiated. After the payment, they said we should go and receive him in Kurfi town on Monday morning,” said the source.

“But when we reached there, we met his dead body with multiple gunshots on his head, ears, and back. We buried him yesterday (Monday).”