From Umar Dankano, Yola
The Adamawa state police command has confirmed the kidnapping of the Demsa local government Area party chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Confirming the development in a mobile telephone interview in Yola, spokesman of the command, SP Othman Abubakar, said the matter has been reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters in the council who forwarded it to the state headquarters immediately.
Abubakar stated that reports at their disposal has revealed that the party chairman, Hamisu Mijinyawa was picked at his residence around One o’clock Wednesday morning in Demsa town.
Abubakar added that the kidnappers have demanded for N30 million as ransom before they would release him.
However, a grassroots politician and an official of the party in the council, Honourable Mark Dauda, told journalists that the kidnapping came barely few hours to the hosting of the presidential/gubernatorial campaign of the party by the state Governor, Muhammadu Umaru Jirilla.
Dauda said the kidnappers are now demanding for N20 million for the release of their victim.
“We are negotiating with the kidnappers and they are demanding for N20 million as ransom for his release and that is all I can tell for now”, Dauda stressed.
An unconfirmed report being speculated in the area is that the officials had already released N15million to the kidnappers out of the funds budgeted for the campaign of the Governor in the council.