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In Kogi, Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Militia Abduct 3, Demand N1.2m

By | Charles Nwoke

November 29, 2020 

Suspected herdsmen militia have abducted 2 (two) workers of Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Company Limited (AISCL) and a resident within the steel plant under Ajaokuta Local Government Council of Kogi State.

It was gathered that the occurrence happened on Tuesday, close to the company staff quarter SAE( Calabar quarters to be precise) as the herdsmen militia ambushed their victims with sophisticated weapons and whisked them into the bush.

According to residents, the horrific incident had since thrown many staff leaving within the steel plant quarters into panicking.

The 2 two staff of the company kidnapped, were simply identified as Prince and Austin.

The suspected herdsmen militia numbering about five reportedly abducted their victims but eventually freed one based on health grounds.

A relative of the kidnapped victims disclosed that the kidnappers have contacted their families, demanding N1.2 million before they will be released.

“They are four individuals that went to a nearby mountain close to SAE here in Calabar quarters to observe prayers. All of a sudden, we heard that some herdsmen who were fully armed with guns, cutlasses, and other dangerous weapons kidnapped them into an unknown destination.

“It was four persons that were kidnapped. The bandit had to release one because he was very old and could not move faster like the other three. We knew that he had health issues, and he was falling repeatedly, that was why they had to let him go while others were taken into the bush.

“As I Speak to you, the kidnappers are demanding for N1.2 million. Where will they get such amounts of money in this hard time?

“The kidnapped victims are just managing to feed themselves and their families. They are just using farm work to support their current job. With the recent development, many residents are now scared of going to the farm because of the fear of the unknown.

“As I am giving you this information, my farm produce has been stolen by these herders. They enter into peoples farm, harvest what they did not plant, if you are there, it is either you get killed or run away for your life. We have been living in fear. Things are currently getting out of hand due to the recent ugly development happening with the residential area of the steel plant,” he added.

William Aya, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kogi State Command when contacted, revealed to newsmen that the command is yet to receive official information about the reported kidnap case.

The PRO, however, pledged to update the media within the shortest possible time once the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO), in Ajaokuta reports formally.