Kidnappers kill SSS officer after receiving ransom in Katsina

Gunmen have killed a 33-year-old operative of the State Security Service, SSS, Sadiq Bindawa, after abducting him on Saturday at his residence in Katsina State.

It was gathered that the gunmen had received the sum of N5million as ransom but went ahead to kill the officer who, until his death, worked with the intelligence department of the service in Abuja.

Credible family sources told ThisDay that late Bindawa and his four-year-old son were in Katsina last Friday, September 11, to spend the weekend with their relatives when the gory incident occurred.

The assailants in a commando-style operation, stormed the residence of the victim at about 10:30pm and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

A family member, who craved anonymity, told the newspaper on Tuesday that the hoodlums demanded a ransom barely 48 hours after his abduction.

The source said the kidnappers earlier demanded N13 million as ransom, but after a series of pleading and negotiations, they agreed to N5 million for his freedom.

He said: “He was about entering his residence behind the federal secretariat on Saturday night at about 10:30pm after returning from our family house when the kidnappers forcefully removed him from his car after beating his security guard to comma.

“We reported the incident to Batagarawa police station, but nothing was done.

“On Sunday, the kidnappers called through his phone line and demanded N13 million as ransom.

“After a series of pleading and negotiations they agreed to N5 million and said we should meet them in Charanchi to give the money.

“We took the N5 million to them on Sunday in Charanchi as negotiated.

“After the payment, they said we should go and receive him in Kurfi town on Monday morning.

“But when we reached there, we met his dead body with multiple gunshots on his head, ears and back. We buried him yesterday (Monday).”

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