Two NPC officials from the National Population Commission kidnapped in the village of Dan-Anacha in the local government area of Gassol in Taraba have regained their freedom.
The pair identified as Gaddafi Shehu and Isah Zaradeen were kidnapped last Friday, January 10, 2020.
Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, Taraba State, Hon. Sanny Sale made this known at a news conference in Jalingo on Wednesday.
Sanny said the two officials were kidnapped around 3:45 pm last Friday during the Commission's routine Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise in preparation for the national census next year.
The federal commissioner who revealed that both officials were released on Tuesday following concessions described the period of their captivity as barbaric to staff, family and commission.
“The moment we were informed of their kidnapping by a kidnapping call to this office, we promptly contacted the relevant security agencies who mobilized to ensure their timely and secure release.
“We have entered into intense negotiations with the hijackers for the safe release of our colleagues. I personally took charge of the discussions on Monday until they were released, ”he said.
Sanny, while unable to disclose the amount paid as a ransom, appreciated all state security agencies for their tremendous support in securing the release of the two Commission officials.
One of the victims, Mr. Gaddafi Shehu, said they were kidnapped on Friday while carrying out their work in the area.
"Two men riding motorcycles approached us and sent us with a gun aimed at the bike and took us to an unknown destination"
State police public relations officer David Misal, who attended the press conference, told reporters that security agencies were working hard to prevent the threat of kidnappings and other crimes in the state.
He said police had tracked the location of the hijackers' calls, and sometimes the location would show Benue's state and sometimes Nasarawa's, just to divert attention from security personnel in gathering information.
Misal urges state drivers to avoid night trips, as terrorists who terrorize the state operate mainly at night.
He adds that the massive deployment of security guards around the Dan-Anacha axis is producing positive results and will be sustained.