From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the killing of Kaduna based medical doctor, Philip Ataga, who was abducted last week by gunmen.
The Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Command, Yakubu Sabo disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Kaduna yesterday.
DSP Sabo described the killing of Mrs. Ataga as unfortunate.
He however, assured that efforts were on top gear to secure safe release of the children who are still with the kidnappers.
According to DSP Sabo, “yes, it is unfortunate, the woman has been killed. We got report that her body was dumped somewhere and our men went in to recover the corpse and the corpse has been deposited at Gwana Awan Hospital.
“As for the children, I can confirm to you that, the children have not been released. Ransom is being demanded, but I cannot tell the amount. But, we are doing our best to secure release of the children.” PPRO said.
The deceased was abducted on January 24,by gunmen, at her Juji residents in Chikun Local Government Area of the state in company of her two children.
Her captors were said to have demanded a ransom of N120 million for her freedom and the children.
A member of the vigilante group in the community who was a 200 Mass Communication student of Kaduna State University KASU was killed during the incident.
A source close to the family yesterday said “the bandits killed Mrs. Ataga, dumped her corpse and called her husband and directed him to pick the corpse at a particular location.”
“Her corpse was picked and deposited at the mortuary at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna” the source said.
According to the source, “having killed the wife, bandits are now asking for N20 million ransom for the release the children.”
The killing of the vigilante member and the abduction of Mrs. Ataga and her children was trailed by mass protest on January 25, when youths in the area, blocked the busy Kachia road, demanding an end to the persistent invasion of their community and abductions by gunmen.