Bandits kidnap senior police intelligence officers on Abuja highway 

Armed bandits have abducted two senior police intelligence officers who were travelling along the highway between Abuja and Kogi State during the week, according to sources. 

The officers were reportedly seized while on a reconnaissance mission in Kogi, where violent insurgents have claimed responsibility for killings and abductions in recent weeks.

The officers were said to be on a critical investigation assignment to Kogi when they were seized by bandits on August 23, but the Police leadership allegedly hushed the crisis to avoid another public agitation over the country’s insecurity. According to a senior Police Chief, officers are now worried about the lives of their colleagues, adding that the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali, did not seem to appreciate the urgency of the matter.

It was gathered that the officers, who were identified as Police Superintendent Francis Yisa, and Asst. Superintendent of Police John Kefas, were on a reconnaissance mission in Kogi. At least two four bomb explosions have occurred in the State since June.

Alkali declined calls to his mobile phone seeking comment yesterday. The spokesman for the Police also did not immediately answer calls to his line. 

The development comes less than a month after 10 Police officers were reportedly abducted in the State. The officers were on their way back to Nasarawa State from an election assignment in Osun State when the bandits struck on the highway, leaving them stranded for hours until they were rescued.

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