The kidnapped Emir of Kajuru, Alhassan Adamu, has been released by bandits after spending one night in their custody.
1st News learned that the Kajuru monarch was released on Monday, July 12; though it was not clear whether the N200m ransom demanded by the bandits was paid.
A top official of the Kajuru council area as well as the spokesman of the Kajuru Emirate council, Dahiru Abubakar confirmed the release of the 85-year-old traditional ruler.
He said Emir Adamu was released at an undisclosed location within the Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna and is in good condition.
But 13 other members of his family who were kidnapped alongside the Emir are still in captivity.
The bandits had swooped on the Emir in the early hours of Sunday morning; just six days after the abduction of 121 students of Bethel Baptist school in neighboring Chikun Local Government Area.
It was gathered that the gunmen numbering over 200 stormed the emirate, firing gunshots; before proceeding to the Emir’s palace and taking him and 13 members of his family away.
Hours later, the bandits contacted the emirates and demanded a ransom of N200 million to facilitate the monarch’s release.
Meanwhile, joining calls for state police, a former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, said in Lagos on Monday, July 12, that Nigeria’s policing system had failed to tackle insecurity.
Speaking on “Nigerian State and the Call for Restructuring’’ at the opening of Law Week 2021 of the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ekweremadu called for the decentralisation of the police.
The Week has “The Nigeria of Our Dreams’’ as its theme.
Ekweremadu said the decentralisation of the police had become expedient; in the face of the rising wave of banditry and kidnapping across the country.
“Our policing system has failed woefully. There are no other federating states that have done what we are doing in policing.
“It is no surprise that with the capsizing of the national police, the nation’s security has also collapsed,’’ he said.
Ekweremadu said that restructuring the police was no longer a matter of choice but a matter of urgency.