A senior magistrate, Mr Adamu Kuvo, has sustained various degrees of injuries after his kidnappers attacked him for inability to meet ransome demand.
Mr Kuvo was kidnapped at his residence in Agwada, Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State May 6.
The criminals slashed the victim’s face with a knife, stabbed him in the eyes and also cut off part of his lips for paying N200,000 out of the N5m ransom they had demanded.
His worship was found writhing in pains by farmers along Agwada Road last Saturday.
Brother to the victim, Mr Abdullahi Osu-Ibaku, said Kuvo was asleep in his bedroom when the kidnappers invaded his house at Akpwu village around 12am and whisked him away.
According to Osu-Ibaku, he received information on Saturday that his brother had been found alive and brought to the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi.
He said, “The kidnappers had demanded N5m ransom and we negotiated with them but they insisted on the amount. We offered N150,000, but they refused to accept it.
“We later increased it to N200,000 and they asked me to bring the money to Udege pegi along Akpwu village.
“After receiving it, they asked me to come the next day when they said my brother would be released. But the following day, I did not see him until on Saturday when someone told me that he had been taken to FMC Keffi by policemen at Agwada police outpost.”
Confirming the incident to newsmen in a telephone interview, the Division Crime Officer, Agwada, ASP Barshir Dagana, said villagers who saw the victim lying on the farmland reported to the traditional ruler of Agwada.
He explained that Mr Kuvo was subsequently taken to hospital for medical attention, noting that investigation into the incident had commenced.