We want ransom in dollars
A multi-millionaire businessman, Alhaji Salisu Mataba, has been kidnapped in Kano State. He was abducted at about 7.00 p.m. on Sunday and the audacious hoodlums are demanding an undisclosed huge sum in dollars
Three of the victim’s children, who tried to test the might of the kidnappers, were shot in the confusion that attended the abduction right from the family home at Kurna Baba Line in the state capital.
Security sources told Daily Sun that the children were shot, one on the left hand, the other in the buttock and the third on his knee. All of them, the sources added, were rushed to the Murtala Muhammed Hospital, Kano where they were, as at Monday, on admission for their injuries.
The gun-wielding kidnappers, who came in a Honda Legend car and another red car, had arrived Mataba’s home shortly before nightfall. The people in the neighborhood told Daily Sun that the kidnappers waited casually for their target to return home after the day’s business, before they swooped on him.
The victim was taken out of the house and dumped in the trunk of one of the cars by his heavily-armed abductors, after which they made their way out of the scene through the new Ring Road towards, probably Gwarzo, said an eyewitness, who sought anonymity.
Already, the case had been reported to the Dala division of the Nigeria Police Force in the state, and the police, it was gathered, had swung into action.
But curiously, some members of the family of the abducted man have quietly asked the police to steer clear of the incident, saying they preferred to pay the ransom to the kidnappers than risk the life of their father.
One of the children, it was gathered, had contacted the police, insisting that his father and the kidnappers had spoken to the family. He added that the abductors demanded an undisclosed amount in dollars, while stating that his father had directed him on how to source the ransom to buy his freedom.
Meanwhile, one of the vehicles used by the kidnappers had been found after it was abandoned. The Honda Civic, with registration number, AA 537 GGE, was sighted at the Divisonal Police headquarters, Dala , inside the city.
When contacted on Monday afternoon, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Baba Mohammed Azare, told Daily Sun that the police were aware of the incident and were doing everything possible to ensure Mataba’s safety as well as the arrest of the hoodlums.