Geoffrey Agada, the Benue State Treasury Director, kidnapped by a five-man group from his home in Makurdi on Thursday, was rescued by the police.
The kidnappers called for a ransom of N50 million before the victim was released.
Introducing the victim to Governor Samuel Ortom at the government house on Sunday, state police commissioner Mohammed Mukadass said Agada was rescued after a shootout with the kidnappers, leading to some arrests and the recovery of an AK47 rifle.
“About three days ago, Agada was kidnapped by gunmen around 5 pm. We have been working all the time to see how we can rescue him unharmed and alive; they made a demand of about N50 million, but we played with time and worked with credible intelligence, we had a meeting with them and Mr. Agada was rescued.
“No ransom has been paid and we are still investigating and looking for more suspects,” he added.
Governor Ortom, who spoke about the development, thanked the police for the rescue operation without paying a ransom to the criminals.
“Agada is one of my most dedicated teams in the financial department of the Benue State.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the police commissioner for the wonderful job they are doing to end crime.”
He promised to strengthen the state’s anti-kidnapping law and increase support for security agencies to support their operations.