//Crime: Shola Ojo, Kaduna//
Kidnappers of Kaduna born female politician and Ex Minister of Environment towards the end of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Laurentia Mallam and her husband, Pius Mallam have demanded N10 million ransom from family members to secure their release.
The coupled were reportedly kidnapped by unidentified gunmen along Bwari axis of Abuja-Kaduna on Monday night at a road block which eyewitnesses said lasted for more than an hour without any intervention by any security agency while the operation lasted.
Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Aliyu Usman confirmed the incident, saying the command has set its dragnet to rescue the victims.
He further stressed that the incident happened on Monday evening while the former Chairperson of Sango-Kataf Local Government area of the state and former President, Catholic Women Organization and her husband were returning to their Kaduna home from Abuja, in the presence of their driver whom they released to release the information about their latest escapade in the State.
Though ASP Aliyu said the kidnappers have not demand any ransom, but family sources said they were in talk with the kidnappers and are yet to brief the police on their (kidnappers) demand “because we are still talking together with them”, the source said.
It will be recalled that the Police authority said they were dispatching teams of anti kidnap police on that road, but reported cases of kidnapping in Kaduna State is on the rise though the Kaduna Police Command say they are trying their best to brought the menace under control.