MILITARY personnel from 33 Artillery Brigade headquarters, Bauchi, rescued a 16-year old boy that was kidnapped and also killed two of the suspected criminals in Alkaleri Local Government Area. Speaking while presenting the rescued boy to newsmen
at the brigade headquarters in Bauchi, yesterday, the Platoon Commander, Alkaleri Local Government Area, Captain Harrison Chiegozie, said the incident occurred on Saturday after the boy was kidnapped last Friday. Chiagozie, who led the operation, informed journalists that N770,000 was recovered from the kidnappers which was part of the ransom paid to them out of the over N1 million naira they requested. He said the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of N1.650 million from the family before releasing him, but they could only afford to raise N770,000. “We got a report of the kidnap of the boy, Muhammad Musa, on Saturday, and immediately we swung into action. When we got to the bush, it was around 10pm and as soon as the family exchanged the N770,000 they had with them and took their son, our men who were hiding came out,” he said. Captain Chigozie pointed out that immediately the military officers resurfaced they started exchanging fire and at the end two of the kidnappers were killed, while others escaped. “They used torchlight to know where we were because it was very dark. And our aim was to rescue the boy alive, which we did and there was no casualty from our side,” he said. The platoon commander said the operation was successful because of the team work between the Nigerian Army and a vigilante group in the area. The uncle of the rescued boy, Ali Umar, told newsmen that the kidnappers left a letter after picking up the boy on Friday telling them to call the phone number on it. “I have been the one speaking with the kidnappers. They demanded the sum of N1.650 million from the family before he would be released to us, but we were only able to raise N770,000 and even that amount was borrowed.” Umar commended the efforts of the military in rescuing the boy.

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