– Sani Bello, a member of the House of Representatives from the north, was abducted in
his farm in Kaduna state with one of his aides
– Though the police denied knowledge of ransom, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Katsina state said Bello regained freedom after N10 million was paid
Sani Bello, the member representing Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency at the House of Representatives, has regained freedom two days after he was abducted from his farm.
Sani Bello was released after paying N10 million ransom
Daily Trust reports that the legislator, who was abducted with one of his aides, was freed after a ransom of N10 million was paid.
He was said to have been kidnapped at Gobirawa village of Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state.
Confirming his release, the Katsina state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shittu Shittu, said the lawmaker was released immediately the said sum was paid.
He said: “The abductors asked that the member’s driver should take the money to a designated place and just between 15 and 20 minutes later, Bello was released.”
Information Nigeria had earlier reported that the abductors made the demand which the police denied knowledge of.
Kidnapping for ransom has been a major ‘business venture’ for certain citizens of the country in the face of high unemployment and proliferation of small arms.
While some Nigerians are canvassing for state police, the Lagos state House of Assembly recently passed the Neighbourhood Watch bill to enable grassroots policing.
The bill is still awaiting the assent of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. A former lawmaker in the state, Mufutau Egberongbe, believes that the Neighbourhood Watch would effectively stem the rising insecurity in Lagos.