The Director of Finance of Isa Local Government Alhaji Bello Bodinga who was recently kidnapped in Sokoto State, have demanded a N250m ransom.
Bodinga was on Monday abducted by nine gunmen that were clad in military uniform along Sokoto-Isa road.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abdulkadir, told newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday that the three other victims were Bodinga’s Deputy, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ibrahim; Staff Officer, Mrs Hassana Mohammed; and the spokesman of the state chapter of the Medical and Health Workers Union, Alhaji Bello Arzika.
He said that the gunmen operated on three motorcycles, and that they were armed to the teeth.
He said, “They demanded for money but they could not get it.
“They also seized two additional motorcycles, fled into the forest, but they are now holding them captive in a forest near Moriki village in Zamfara.
“I was there yesterday with a team of my officers to enforce their freedom, but we retreated sequel to the request of the Chairman of Isa Local Government, retired Col. Garba Moyi.
“Moyi said that dialogue was being employed to resolve the matter and that the ransom was being pruned down.”
Abdulkadir further quoted Moyi as saying that the families of the victims and the authorities of the local government were handling the dialogue.
He, however, said that the state Police Command was still independently tracking the victims and their captors, with a view to freeing them ” in peace not in pieces”.