The Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reports that the Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) kidnapped by bandits two weeks ago have been released to the Zamfara State government and are now in hospital for a check-up.
The report quotes a government source to have said that the Nigerian police officers were released after settlement as no payment was made. However, one of the ASPs told a BBC source they paid a ransom.
The same medium had last week reported that 12 ASPs were abducted with the wife of one of the ASPs saying they were raised N800,000 (about $2,099) to pay. Reports suggest the sums may have likely been delivered.
The Zamfara state government had last week insisted no ransom was paid to secure the release of 26 girls kidnapped from Faskari local government area of Katsina State, but residents of Dan Aji community in the local government debunked the governor’s claim maintaining that they paid N6.6 million (about $17,322) before the girls were released by their abductors.
By Abel Ejikeme