The abductors of Sani Gyadi-Gyadi, a Divisioner Police Officer (DPO) kidnapped while en route to a new duty post, have threatened to kill him despite collecting a N7 million ransom.
A family source, Adamu Karkasara, said the bandits had earlier demanded N250 million, but later reduced it to N80 million following pleas and a series of negotiations. He added that the terrorists vowed to kill the officer if the family failed to pay the ransom by Wednesday.
The DPO — a chief superintendent of police — was kidnaped in June while journeying to his new place of assignment in Pambegua, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Family begs Buhari, IGP to intervene
Meanwhile, the family of the DPO have called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba to rescue the officer before his abductors kill him.
According to Adamu, the DPO has spent over 60 days with his abductors and there is no hope in sight.
“It’s been 68 days since the incident happened. We have made several efforts to secure his release, but unfortunately there hasn’t been any breakthrough.
“When they kidnapped him, they requested a N250 million ransom, which they later reduced to N150 million and now N80 million non-negotiable.
“Through the intervention of relatives and some friends, we were able to raise N7million. We took the money to them, but they collected the money, they said it was for feeding, so we should go and complete the balance.
“We pleaded with them and gave them a picture of the situation with the family, but they didn’t listen to our cries.
“We are now in a difficult situation. This man is a police officer who has been serving this nation for over 20 years. And he’s been a great officer, receiving accolades wherever he served.
“Unfortunately, he has found himself in this situation, and I can’t remember any efforts made by the police on this matter.
“Our brother who was living with him in Kaduna has been running from pillar to post to meet with all concerned authorities, but nothing positive has happened.
“We have visited the commissioner of police’s office more than three times, yet nothing tangible has come out,” Adamu said.
He added: “Our brother is in a very terrible situation. The bandits called us yesterday, and we pleaded with them again to please pity us, but they threatened to kill him. They said we have been deceiving them with failed promises.
“Now they have given us the grace of Wednesday and have threatened to kill him if we didn’t meet their demand before the day.“
Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, deputy superintendent of police, said the command was doing its best to rescue the police officer.
“Operationally, the command is on top of the situation,” he claimed. “Be rest assured that we will be successful. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel.”