The criminal elements who abducted an Assistant Manager with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Lafia, Nasarawa State branch, Mr. Isaac Bature Gbaja, are demanding the sum of N10m as ransom for his release.
Gbaja was kidnapped alongside two other persons on Monday night, November 13, 2023.
A close associate to the CBN staff who pleaded for anonymity told Daily Trust that Mr. Gbaja was abducted alongside the other victims around 8pm at his wife’s joint near MACFES Royal Suites, along Kwandere Road, Tudun Gwandara, Lafia, Nasarawa State.
“Three Fulani guys, wearing face masks came from nowhere and leaned on the CBN staff’s car, then asked those at the joint who owned this car, they answered that they don’t know the owner. So the kidnappers said since they don’t know the owner of the car all of them (customers), including the shop owner should stand up and let them go. That’s how they were taken away,” the source said.
According to him, the woman told them that the kidnappers were about ten in number, three came and effected the kidnap, then others joined them, as they took their victims on bush parts.
He disclosed that two hours after the incident, the Gbaja’s wife was released by the kidnappers to go and source for 10 million naira to secure the release of her husband.
The source said a total of five persons were kidnapped, one escaped, the woman was released, while they went away with the CBN staff and two others.