Gunmen kidnap monarch in Nasarawa, demand N50m ransom

A traditional ruler in Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Magaji, the “Aron Akye” of Ugah, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the state.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Nasarawa, Mr Bola Longe, told newsmen in Lafia on Saturday that the command had mobilised personnel to the area to rescue the monarch.

He said “We have deployed officers to the area and they are searching everywhere, he will be rescued and by the grace of God the kidnappers will be arrested and prosecuted.

“We are, therefore, appealing to members of the public, especially those in that area to furnish the police with relevant information that will lead to the rescue of the victim and arrest of the kidnappers.”

Newzandar News reports that a family source who preferred anonymity said the victim was abducted from his residence in Ugah village near Lafia at about 7.30 pm on Thursday.

According to the source, the gunmen who came in large numbers stormed the house bearing sophisticated weapons and whisked the monarch away to an unknown destination.

The source said that the traditional ruler was taken away on a motorcycle by his abductors.

He further stated that the kidnappers contacted the family on Saturday on phone to demand N50 million ransom after allowing the monarch to speak with family members.


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