29 March 2016

Nigeria: Abducted Army Colonel Killed

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its officer kidnapped on Sunday has been killed by his abductors.

"The Nigerian Army wishes to regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today at about 6.00pm," spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement.

"Preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors. This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State.

"Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. May His soul rest in peace, Amen.

"We wish to state in unmistakeable terms that whoever is behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law."

Mr. Inusa, a colonel, seized in his Mercedes-Benz car by gunmen around Kamazo, along Kaduna Refinery Road, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State on Sunday.

A statement by the ! Division of the Army had said "the abductors dropped off Colonel Inusa's wife and left with him in his car. The car headed towards Abuja."

On Sunday, the Army offered a N500,000 reward for anyone with useful information that could lead to the rescue of Mr. Inusa.

The following day, army authorities raised the reward offer to one million naira, promising to give adequate protection to anyone who provide useful information, and that such tip-off would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

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