Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, the Emir of Kajuru in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, who was kidnapped in the early hours of Sunday, July 11, has regained freedom.
However, the kidnappers have reportedly held on to his grandchildren and others are still in bandits’ captivity.
He was released this afternoon, few hours after bandits demanded N200 million ransom for the monarch and 10 other family members kidnapped with him.
Before his release, the IGP Squad and troops had begun combing forests in the state in search of the 85-year-old Emir, his three wives and seven other members of is family.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said in a statement that the incident occurred around 2.34am.
He said the bandits who came in large numbers and wielding weapons, gained access into the emir’s palace, abducted him and 10 members of his immediate family.
“The Kaduna Police Command, through the Divisional Police Officer, Kajuru, Kaduna, is in receipt of an unfortunate report on the kidnap of the Chief of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, in the early hours of July 11, 2021.
“The incident occurred around 2.34am when armed bandits in large numbers invaded Kajuru town, shot indiscriminately and gained access into the chief’s residence, where they abducted him and 10 members of his immediate family to an unknown destination.
“Notwithstanding, the joint patrol of the Police Mobile Force, conventional police and the Nigerian Army attached to the Kajuru LGA are currently engaged in search and rescue mission around the forest for a possible rescue of the victims, while the IGP’s tactical units have been contacted for technical support.”