Gunmen who kidnapped naval officer in Kogi, reduce N3 million ransom to 1 million

Bandits that kidnapped a Nigerian Navy officer in Kogi has reportedly reduced the ransom demanded from N3 million to N1 million.

Recall, on Monday, July 4, 2022, an officer with the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Musa Lawal, with enlistment no. X12775 ABRP3 was said to have been kidnapped by gunmen at his residence, behind Post Flood Housing Estate, in Lokoja.

An hour after the kidnap, the kidnappers called his wife, Juliana Ida Musa, demanding three million naira.

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The wife said; “I don’t know why this happened to us. My husband had prepared to go back to his station in Abuja on Tuesday morning before this unfortunate incident.

“I’m appealing to security operatives to please help rescue my husband from the hands of his abductors,’’ she begged.

However, the Nigerian Navy has disclosed that efforts are ongoing to ensure that the officer is rescued.

Director of Naval Information, Commodore AO Ayo-Vaughan who confirmed the development, noted that the N3million demanded as ransom for release of the personnel, has been negotiated downwards to N1million.

He said; “Some masked unidentified gun men forcefully gained entrance into his house and abducted him. Thereafter they contacted the family and demanded a ransom of N3million. The wife has been pleading with them and they have reduced the ransom to N1million.”

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The Naval Spokesman disclosed that Able Seaman Lawal is a personnel working in the Administration Branch at Naval headquarters pointing out that he was on official leave before the incident happened.

Furthermore, Commodore Vaughan said the Nigerian Navy Base, NNS Luggard is working with the Nigerian Police in Lokoja to ensure the safe rescue of the Rating.

Meanwhile, a source claimed that the senior non-commissioned officer lives a high handed lifestyle in the community and having issues with several persons, even up to the extent of engaging in scuffles with some people of the communities.

This is contrary to advises and admonitions by authorities of the Navy who had at several for a warned personnel not living in the barracks to be mindful of their conduct and relationships, especially at these times of insecurity and other challenges confronting the nation.

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