Gunmen Demand N60m for Release of German Professor and His Associate
The kidnappers of German professor Peter Breunij and his associate Johnannes Buringer, have demanded N60m before they would release their captives.
According to Punch, the gunmen who abducted the men in Jenjela village, Kaduna, reportedly contacted the camp supervisor at around 11.00 am yesterday, demanding the ransom of N30m for each of the two men. The kidnappers also warned the camp supervisor from involving the police.
65-year-old Peter Breunij and Johannes Buringer were taken while working on an excavation of Nok culture relics at Jenjela community. The police has since launched a search for them.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, confirmed on Thursday that the police had deployed surveillance helicopters and joint forces of the Intelligence Response Team, the Technical Intelligence Unit and the Anti-Kidnapping unit to rescue the hostages.
“Though the German archaeologists have police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre, they did not go with the policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped,” Moshood told the press.
He added that, “The Nigeria Police Force, while assuring all Nigerians and foreign nationals in the country of their safety, wishes to implore them to always request and obtain police escort to protect them any time they are embarking on research, mining and related endeavours outside the towns and cities across the country.”
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