There was palpable tension in Nasarawa State on Thursday after some unknown gunmen reportedly kidnapped a Divisional Police Officer in the State.
Reports reaching Naija News have it that CSP Haruna Abdulmalik who is in charge of Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area was whisked away on Wednesday night while on Patrol along Akwanga road.
The gunmen suspected to be bandits reportedly ambushed the DPO last night just around Bakyano and later reached out to his family.
Vanguard reported that the kidnappers reached out to the family today and demanded the sum of N5m as a ransom for the release of the senior police officer.
Confirming the report, Deputy Chairman of the Local government area, Benjamin Kuze told reporters that the CSP was kidnapped at about 9 pm in the area, adding that efforts to reach the DPO have not yielded positive results since the incident took place.
Naija News understands that the police command is yet to issue an official state on the development.
CSP Abdulmalik’s abduction is coming barely three months after bandit terrorists killed a Divisional Police Officer and some security operatives in Nasko, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.
Reports had it that the terrorists who attempted to invade Nasko were engaged by security operatives, comprising the police, military and local vigilantes.
The incident was confirmed by the spokesman of the state police command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun.
According to Abiodun, two other policemen, and four vigilante members were killed during the gun battle.