Suspected Herders Kidnap Three in Kogi, Demands N1.2M


From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja



Suspected herdsmen have kidnapped two staff of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, (ASCL), and a resident within the steel plant in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State .

It was gathered that the incident happened on Tuesday close to the company staff quarter SAE( Calabar quarters to be precise) as the herdsmen ambushed their victims with sophisticated weapons and forced them into the bush.

The incident according to residents in the area had since thrown many staff living within the steel plant quarter panicking.

The two staff of the company kidnapped were simply identified as Austin and Prince.

It was also reliably gathered that the suspected herders numbering about five were forced to release one of the kidnapped victims based on health ground.

A family source told our correspondent on Friday that the kidnappers have contacted their victims families demanding for N1.2Million before effecting their release.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, William Aya told our correspondent that the command is yet to get official report about the kidnap with a promise to reach out to the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO), in Ajaokuta over the incident.