Two workers associated with the National Population Commission (NPC), kidnapped on Friday, January 10th at around 3:45 PM in the Dananacha village of Gasol local government area (LGA), Taraba state, have now regained their freedom.
The two captives were identified as Mr Gadafi Ali Shehu, an ad-hoc staff of the commission, and Zaradine Isa, an administrative officer. They were both part of the demarcation team assigned to the NPC’s routine enumeration area demarcation (EAD) exercise, in preparation for the national census within the area.
After their release one of the captives, Mr Gadafi Ali Shehu, narrated their experiences to newsmen at the office of the National Population Commission (NPC) in Jalingo.
He disclosed that they were kidnapped in Dananacha at gunpoint by two men who were riding a motorcycle.
Ali also said the kidnappers had attacked them while they were going round Dananacha for the exercise and bundled them on the motorcycle, wrapped their faces with thick clothes and took them to an unknown destination.
The NPC staff narrated how they were manhandled by the kidnappers but unfortunately could not give a description of the hideout where they were held captive.
During the briefing with journalists in his office in Jalingo, Taraba state commissioner, National Population Commission, Mallam Sani Sule Sale, said the two NPC workers were released by the kidnappers following a negotiation between the commission, the parents of the victims, and the kidnappers.
“It was on the whole, a very long, tedious and stressful process, sometimes promising, at other times very frustrating indeed, even after an agreement was reached for the two kidnap victims to be released on Monday, the kidnappers reneged at the last minute, necessitating further discussions, these yielded the required dividend and our colleagues were released last night.” Sale said.
DSP David Misar, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) Taraba State command, also assured the masses that the police have deployed the anti-kidnapping unit to Dananacha since the wake of the incident.
Misar, however, could not confirm the time in which the two NPC workers were released by the kidnappers.
Meanwhile, he said the police were working round the clock to tackle the rate of kidnapping activities in the state.