An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Adeniyi and three of his family members have been kidnapped by gunmen terrorising Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Road, Kaduna State.
Naija News gathered that Adeniyi, who is the Officer-in-Charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Zamfara State Police Command and his family were travelling back to Zamfara from Kaduna on Wednesday when the gunmen waylaid their Toyota Hilux and dragged them down from the vehicle.
They were then taken away in another vehicle.
Punch correspondents learnt on Thursday that the kidnappers had communicated with their family, demanding N30m ransom for their release.
In a similar development, a police officer and three others on a bus were abducted the same day on the road.
Therefore, several police units, including the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Unit and Anti-Kidnapping unit, had been deployed to rescue the victims.
A source reported that the Toyota Hilux had been recovered by the police, adding that the kidnappers were criminals ejected from Niger State.
“The ACP was returning to his duty post in Gusau, Zamfara State, on Wednesday with his family members when the gunmen struck along the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Road and whisked them away. He is the OC, SCIID of the state police command. Only the vehicle has been recovered.
“Another police officer was abducted with three others while travelling in a bus to Birnin Gwari on Wednesday. A police patrol team got information that some travellers on the bus had been abducted, they chased the kidnappers, but I do not know whether the victims have been rescued or not.
“A popular businessman from Birnin Gwari, known as Danhaza, and his driver were also abducted three days ago while travelling on the same road to Kaduna,” the source said.
A police source said the abductors of the ACP and his family members had demanded a ransom, adding that they would soon be freed because the police had received some information on the abductors.
“The police have information on the abductors, but I can’t tell you much for now so as not to jeopardise rescue operation. They are criminals we dislodged from Niger State. They are demanding about N30m ransom, but I can assure you that we will rescue the ACP and his family safely, the source asserted.