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Kidnap of Bauchi School Principal: Family cries out to Governor for help

…As abductors threaten to kill him.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

After five days with his abductors, the kidnapped 50 years old Iliyasu B. Suleiman, who is principal of Government Day Secondary School, Lere, in Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi State, the victim has passionately appealed to Governor Bala Mohammed to urgently come to his rescue by paying the ransom before his abductors kill him.

Family of the victim, in an SOS pleaded with the governor to assist them in paying the ransom to the abductors, who threatened to kill him, if they failed to remit the undisclosed amount of millions (of naira) requested.

The SOS, titled, ‘THE KIDNAPPING OF BAUCHI PRINCIPAL: Special Plea for Gov Bala Mohammed’s urgent Intervention,’ stated that Ilyasu B. Suleman is the Principal of Government Day Science Secondary School, Lere in Bauchi State.

Iliyasu Suleiman along with Bauchi State Auditor-General was kidnapped on Saturday, January 25, 2021.

Suleiman’s family further explained thus: “The AG was shot on the mouth and now receiving treatment, but the bandits went with the poor Principal. He has NEVER seen N1m in his life but the kidnappers have vowed to kill him, if within two days his family did not bring N50m.”

Suleiman’s helpless family is, therefore, calling for the intervention of Governor Bala Mohammed and well-meaning individuals.

Meanwhile, in an audio recording made available to our Forefront News correspondent by the family, the kidnapped victim, 50 years’ old Suleiman, was heard speaking under pressure directing his wife to do everything possible to raise the ransom being demanded by the kidnappers, in order to secure his release.

Suleiman further directed the wife to approach the Ministry of Education – his employers – for intervention as well as sell his house and any other belongings, in order to raise the money being demanded, saying that he was not comfortable where he is being held captive..

In her response, the visibly-shaken wife was heard saying that she was doing everything possible to meet the target, but regretted that, so far, she was only able to raise the sum of N200,000, while the car was priced for N200,000, an amount she is expected to collect to make up the amount demanded.

On the Ministry of Education, she lamented that nothingcan be done from there, because according to her, when she approached the ministry, she was told that the only amount in the account was N30,000.

Still in the audio recording, a voice can be heard from the background warning that failure to meet the demand will lead to the death of the victim.

50-year old Iliyasu Suleiman and 25 years old Zulkifiru Mohammed were kidnapped last Saturday at Kardam Village in Tafawa Balewa LGA when the attempt to kidnap the Auditor-General of Bauchi State was foiled.

According to our correspondent, “Attempts to get the Police Command in Bauchi to react to the development failed, as the Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Wakili, did not pick his calls, neither did he respond to the SMS and chats to his WhatsApp.”

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