A suspected kidnapper has been shot dead by vigilantes while trying to collect ransom from the family of a victim in Song Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
It was gathered that a gang of kidnappers stormed the residence of Bakomi Andrawus in Balma community, killed him and abducted his daughter, Queen.
The kidnappers later contacted family of the deceased and demanded N2m ransom as condition for his daughter’s release.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yola on Wednesday, September 1.
“The state command received a report from the Police Division in Song LGA on 26 August, 2021, that a suspected kidnapper was killed while trying to collect ransom,” Nguroje stated.
He said the command was investigating the matter, but a credible source and member of the vigilance group in Murke village, Song LGA, told NAN that the kidnappers invaded Balms community on August 20.
“The criminals stormed the residence of one Bakomi Andrawus, where they shot and killed him instantly. After killing Bakomi Andarawus, the kidnappers went on to abduct his daughter, Queen Bakomi. She spent six days in captivity with the suspects while they demanded two million naira ransom before they will release her.” the source said.
The family of the deceased, while preparing for the burial of late Bakomi, taxed themselves and raised the sum of N170,000, in order to secure the release of the girl, the source said, adding that the family pleaded with the abductors and they agreed to collect whatever amount was raised.
He said the kidnappers directed representatives of the family to take the money to a particular place in the bush for collection.
“Considering the plight of the deceased family, the vigilantes resolved to confront the kidnappers. So, they laid ambush on the kidnappers who came out from a bush at around 8:30pm on the fateful day, to collect the ransom,” he said.
He said vigilante operatives then opened fire on them and killed one, while the victim, Queen was successfully freed.