Abductors of the traditional ruler of Bukpe in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hassan Shamidozhi, have given the family 24 hours ultimatum to pay N6 million or risk losing him.
The traditional ruler was kidnapped two weeks ago and N20 million ransom was placed on him. It was allegedly slashed to N6 million after negotiations.
But yesterday, the kidnappers reportedly threatened to kill the traditional ruler, if the family refuse to pay the N6 million today.
The family had seeked the help of security agents in saving the paramount ruler. Spokesperson for FCT Police Command, DSP Josephine Adeh, did not to answer his phone calls and text messages put across for further information on the matter.
Also, she said that the attention of the command was drawn to “baseless and misleading news” in some part of the media, most especially the social media, to generate panic and apprehension in the hearts of FCT residents and the general public.
Her words: “The news suggests that the FCT Police Command has revealed that some strange persons are trooping into the FCT, urging members of the public to be vigilant and support the command with credible and actionable information to fight the purported security challenge.
“The command categorically wishes to refute this baseless assertion and to reassure the good people of the territory that the security architecture of the command remains resolutely firm and uncompromising within the city centres and the suburbs.”
She implored members of the public to go about their daily activities without the fear of harassment and molestation from anyone or quarters.
“The Commissioner of Police, while promising a continuous re-organisation and maintenance of the security architecture of the territory to match the ever-dynamic nature of crime and criminality, urges members of the public to shun the habit of promulgating fake news and rather cooperate with the police via the rendition of timely and accurate information, useful in fuelling the pursuit of a more peaceful FCT for all and sundry.
“The FCT Police Command emergency lines are 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.”