Local vigilante members kill kidnapper while collecting ransom in Adamawa

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The Adamawa State Police command has confirmed the death of a kidnapper, who was shot by local vigilantes members while trying to collect ransom from the family of an abductee.

Police spokesman, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yola, Nguroje said the incident occurred on August 26 in Song Local Government Area of the state.

“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,” Mr Nguroje said.

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 on August 20, a gang of suspected criminals, believed to be kidnappers, invaded Balms community.

The source said during the attack, the criminals stormed the residence of one Bakomi Andrawus, where they shot and killed him instantly.

“After killing Bakomi Andarawus, the kidnappers abducted 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 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 added 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 8:30 pm on the fateful day, to collect the ransom,” he said.

Nguroje added that the vigilante operatives instantly opened fire on them, killing one person, while the victim, Queen was successfully rescued.

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