From Raji Bello Sokoto
The Police in Sokoto state has denied media reports suggesting that
the kidnapped Syrian engineer has been found dead.
The expatriate was kidnapped at his company’s quarry site near Lambar
Mazaru village of Sokoto and whisked away by suspected gunmen.
Speaking with journalists in Sokoto, today, the Police Public
Relations Officer, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, said the police has marked out
strategies in ensuring that the kidnapped victim is freed unhurt.
Nwawe also confirmed that the three policemen who were on route patrol
of the area were killed during the incident.
She, however, denied that the deceased officers were assigned as
escorts to the kidnapped expatriate but insisted that they were only
on routine patrol within the area when the incident occurred.
“Gentlemen, it is good to set the record straight on the unfortunate
development that happened yesterday. We want to say that, the police
is on the trail of the bandits to free the kidnapped victim.
“We also want to debunk the rumours going round that the kidnapped
victim has been found dead. The information was not correct. The
Commissioner of Police has deployed operatives of federal SARS to
rescue the situation.
“The CP has also sent condolences to the families of the officers that
lost their lives during the encounter. The three officers were of the
ranks of Inspector, Sergeant and Corpora.” Nwawe explained.
The police spokesperson urged the public to be vigilante in all their
dealings and not hesitate to inform the police on any suspicious
persons around them.