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Customs officer kidnapped by gunmen, N10 million ransom demanded

BREAKING; Customs officer kidnapped by gunmen, N10 million ransom demanded

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mahassan Lawali, has been kidnapped by suspected terrorists in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The victim, Lawali, an accountant at the Kano-Jigawa Customs Command, reportedly visited his residence in the LGA to spend the weekend with his family when the kidnappers stormed his house and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

A close source said the kidnappers are suspected to be terrorists from the camp of banditry kingpin, Ada Aleru in the state.

The source said: “Three among the terrorists went into the main house and abducted him. They took one of the members of the household but later released him after they got hold of their target, Lawali.”


While noting that no one was shot in the attack, the source said that the hoodlums have reached out to the family, demanding N10 million ransom.

“I was informed by some family members that the bandits are demanding N10 million as ransom for the officer. They called immediately to demand for ransom, noting that they are not ready for any further negotiation,” he said.

“However, when the family went ahead to negotiate for the ransom to be reduced to N5 million, they switched off their phones and have not called back.

Speaking further, the source said: “We are now praying to God to help us and save him. We don’t have the N10 million they are demanding.”

As of press time, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, is yet to confirm the attack.

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