Abductors of Niger commissioner demand N500 million ransom

The abductors of the Niger State Commissioner for Information, Idris Sani Mohammed, are said to have established contact with his family, demanding N500 million in ransom for his release.

The abductors reportedly crossed the border of the State with Commissioner Mohammed, who they reportedly abducted on Sunday, to an unknown destination.

Although there was no official update from the State government on the incident apart from the confirmation by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, on the abduction, the government conducted an extensive security meeting at Government House, in Minna, the State capital.

The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Mohammed Ketso, with all the security heads in the state in attendance as anxious journalists kept vigil for an official update from the security meeting.

The commissioner was taken at his residence at about 11:00 pm on Sunday by heavily armed men, with his second wife witnessing the incident.

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