The kidnappers of Abdu Tela, an elderly man in Dayi town in Katsina State, have also seized his son, Sa’adu Abdu (alias Karshen Alewa Kasa), who took ransom money to them for his father’s release, Daily Trust reports.
According to Daily Trust, the kidnappers of Abdu Tela had earlier demanded N10m, but Sa’adu, who was accompanied by two of his friends, went with N4m to pay them at a location in a forest.
The kidnappers had before then, agreed for the money to be taken to a place around Safana town for the exchange. It was gathered that they asked Sa’adu, who had the money on him, to come into the forest and take his father while his friends waited at a spot.
After some hours, the kidnappers, however, called the friends with Sa’adu’s mobile phone, informing them that the balance of N6m must be paid before releasing both Sa’adu and his father, Abdu Tela.
Reacting to the incident, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah, said it was a new development, adding, “We always warn against negotiating with kidnappers and urge people to trust the police to handle the situation.
“People should always have confidence in security agencies to help and recover those kidnapped, we always ask them to resist negotiating, and kidnappers are not dependable.”
It would be recalled that kidnappers on October 29 attacked Dayi town in Malumfashi LGA of the state where they kidnapped Abdu Tela, the father of a popular businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Ali Abdu.