Kidnappers of the Emir of Bukkuyum in Zamfara State, Alhaji Mohammed Usman, have demanded for a ransom of N10 million.
The second class emir was, Friday, kidnapped at a mosque close to the palace, where he had gone to observe Magrib prayers.
According to one of his wives, who spoke with newsmen, family members spoke with the emir. She confirmed the traditional ruler was in good health.
The Nigerian Tribune also quoted a ‘reliable source at the emirate council’ to have said that the kidnappers demanded for N10 million ransom.
A Honda Civic which was used in kidnapping the monarch was set ablaze by the kidnappers. “The burnt car was later discovered in a bush path, indicating that the monarch must have been conveyed on a motorcycle,” the source added.
Meanwhile, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Sokoto, Alhaji Bala Hassan has promise that the force was doing its best to rescue the abducted emir.
“Available intelligence information indicated that the Emir is being held hostage within the zone which comprises of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto, yesterday.
“The three commissioners of the police in the zone, along with other security agencies are doing everything possible to rescue the abducted traditional ruler.
“I have also directed the Commissioners of Police to strengthen their working relationship with members of the vigilance group to identify the area where the Emir is being held,” the AIG said.
He appealed to the people to volunteer information that could assist the police in rescuing the emir.