Kidnapped Islamic cleric freed


Abdulazeez Yusuf, the Administrative Secretary of the Plateau chapter of the Jama’atu Nasirul Islam, who was kidnapped on Wednesday
, has been released, according to JNI spokesman, Sani Mudi.

“The cleric has regained his freedom alongside his driver,” Mr. Mudi told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, in Jos.

He said that the kidnappers abandoned their victims “in an area outskirt of Kaduna”, before informing JNI of where they could located them.

Mr. Mudi, however, refused to comment on whether a ransom was paid to secure the release.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the kidnappers demanded N60 million before they could free the cleric and his driver.

The cleric was kidnapped, along with his driver, on their way to Kaduna.

Mr. Mudi had told NAN on Thursday that they were kidnapped “around Saminaka in Lere Local Government, Kaduna State.”

According to him, the cleric, who coordinates the activities of JNI in six states, was on his way to Sokoto to condole the family of the late former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, when the abductors grabbed him.

He added that the kidnappers got in touch with the JNI in Kaduna and made some demands, but declined further details.

The Islamic coalition had on Thursday raised alarm on the spate of kidnappings in Nigeria.

“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 Secretary General of the organization, Abubakar Aliyu, 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.”



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