In Plateau Kidnappers demand N60m to free Islamic cleric

Abdulaziz was abducted alongside his driver on Wednesday evening on his way back to Jos from Kaduna State.

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Kidnappers of Yusuf Abdulaziz, a Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) cleric have demanded  N60 million ransom for his release.

The Secretary General of the organisation, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, disclosed this on Thursday, November 17.

Abdulaziz was abducted alongside his driver on Wednesday evening on his way back to Jos from Kaduna State.

The cleric is the administrative secretary of the Plateau State branch of JNI.

In a statement, Aliyu described the development as unfortunate, adding that several  members of the JNI have fallen prey to kidnappers in recent times.

He said: "The unfortunate rise of kidnappings in Nigeria is very alarming, as this is the third in the series of kidnapping that has happened to the JNI.

"The first was Sheikh Adam Abdullahi Idoko, JNI Vice President-General, South East, in September 2015. The second was Engr. Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, Member JNI Central Publicity Committee, in September, 2016, and now Sheikh Abdul’Aziz Yusuf.

"We therefore, implore all Jumu’ah Imams to include the matter in their Khutbah for enlightenment and Du’a tomorrow Friday, 18th November, 2016 and pray fervently for the safe and unconditional release of Sheikh Abdul’Aziz Yusuf, who is over 80 years of age."

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Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dan Manjang, urged security agents to rescue the religious leader alive.

 

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