Kidnappers in Nasarawa State have shunned major roads and deviced new means of trailing their victims to remote villages to get them kidnapped. Investigation by our correspondent shows that in the last few weeks, virtually all the kidnappings that took place in the state, were in remote areas.
For instance, in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday), a business man, Alhaji Sarki and his wife who reside in Angwan Sabo Kudi, an outskirt of Toto town were kidnapped by unknown persons. In the same vein, last week, two brothers Nasiru and Bashiru Ibrahim and their driver, were kidnapped on their way to fetch bamboos in a remote village. The incident took place exactly five days after the murder of a resident of Toto, one Mohammed Shuiabu, whose wife is still held by her abductors. Same two weeks ago, a business man in Assakio, the headquarters of Lafia East Development Area of the state, Iyima Atanyi (Emma Naira), was kidnapped and released after payment of ransom.
Two ladies who are health workers were also kidnapped in a clinic in Deddere, the headquarters of the development area, in Obi local government area of the state, they were also released on payment of ransom.
A lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Murtala Ramalan, was abducted in his house in Nasarawa town, but was freed after payment of ransom. There were also pockets of kidnappings in Akpanaja, Doma local government; Musha, in Obi local government, Keffi town and other remote towns and villages of the state. Reacting, the executive chairman of Toto local government, Prince Nuhu Adamu Dauda, in a telephone interview said he held a meeting with the DPO, security chiefs, traditional and religious leaders over the high rate of kidnappings in the area. Police Commissioner in Nasarawa State, Ademola Emmanuel-Longe, who confirmed the incidences to our correspondent on telephone, said because his men manned the major roads that criminals have shifted to remote areas.
“But we are trailing them even to the remote areas, if we get them, we will deal with them according to the provisions of the law” Longe said.