The gunmen that kidnapped Mr. Dariye Dafweng, father of Senator Joshua Dariye, in his Mushere village, Bokkos Local State Government Area of Plateau, at the weekend, have asked for $10 million as ransom.
“We have just confirmed that the kidnappers dropped a letter in which they asked for $10 million,’’ Maj. Gen. Dave Enetie, Commander of the Special Task Force (STF), maintaining security in Plateau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Sunday.
He said the kidnappers also left telephone numbers to facilitate contacts with the family of their victim.
“We are trying to get a copy of the letter and the phone numbers to help our efforts to secure the release of Dariye’s father,’’ he said.
Enetie said STF personnel had been dispatched to the nooks and crannies of the state to locate the kidnappers, in addition to the efforts of search teams combing neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, Mr. Abu Emmanuel, Plateau Police Public Relations Officer (PPPRO), has said the police had visited the site of the incident and even picked up shells of bullets shot by the gunmen.
“There is already a search and rescue team and we hope we should be able to arrive at something as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Dafweng was kidnapped by gunmen, who had invaded the Dariye family compound, shooting sporadically and scaring away people.
The gunmen then took the old man, dressed him in women’s clothes, and sped off with him on a motorcycle.