UPDATE: Kidnappers demand N60 million to free Islamic cleric

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has said the kidnappers of Islamic cleric, Yusuf Abdulaziz, have demanded a N60million ransom for his release.

The Secretary General of the organization, Abubakar Aliyu, disclosed this on Thursday.

PREMIUM TIMES reported  how the cleric was abducted on Wednesday evening on his way back to Jos from Kaduna State.

Mr. Abdulaziz, who is the administrative secretary of the Plateau State branch of JNI, was kidnapped alongside his driver on Wednesday evening on his way to Jos from Kaduna.

Mr. Aliyu described the development as unfortunate, adding that several  members of the JNI had fallen prey to kidnappers in recent times.

“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”, he said in a statement.

“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.”

He urged members of the organization to pray for the safe release of the captives.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the Plateau State government has also condemned the abduction of the cleric.

The 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.

“Machinery has been put in place in conjunction with the Kaduna State government to ensure that Sheikh Abdulazeez Yusuf is not only released in good health but unconditionally, and in the shortest possible time”, he said.

“The governor would like to use this medium to sympathize with the Muslim Umah and the Nurudeen Society in this travail.”


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