By Ibrahim Abdul
Battle ready gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Adamawa , Ibrahim Hammawa Waziri, security and family sources have said.
A close relative of the kidnapped INEC staff who does not want his name in print, told reporters on Saturday that the incident took place around 1:00am on Thursday.
“The gunmen in their numbers stormed his house at Shagari quarters in Yola and whisked him away.
” We were all thrown into confusion as a result of the development as people expressed shock by the incident,” the source said.
He said already, the kidnappers have established contact with the family and demanded payment of a whopping N7 million as ransom.
“The kidnappers have called and demanded N7 million ransom but we told them that the kidnapped fellow was the bread winner of this family.
“The man is the one shouldering the responsibility of all the family so we told the kidnappers that the man can’t have money in view of the weight he shoulders.
“But the kidnappers insisted that they don’t kidnap anybody unless they are sure that he has money.
“We were able to beat down the ransom from N7 million to N2 million.
” We have started selling his cows and other household items like fridge to be able to raise the money.
“It is unfortunate that Ibrahim has been going into a lot of travails, on two previous occasions, his house has been invaded by armed robbers, but this time, they kidnapped him,” the source said.
When contacted police public relation officer in the state, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje confirmed the development saying that the police , ” are doing everything to ensure the release of the victim and arrest of the culprits.”
In the recent time, kidnapping for ransom has become a major security threat in Adamawa State which seems to defy all measures by security operatives due to the frequency of its occurrence.