Nigerian kidnappers demanded money for German hostages

Nigerian kidnappers demanded money for German hostagesNigerian kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a remote northern village.

The gunmen who kidnapped German archaeologist, Prof. Peter Breunig, and his associate, Johannes Buringer, in Jenjela village in Kagarko Local Government of Kaduna State, have demanded 30 million naira ransom for each of the two men, a source at Jenjela village said.

According to the media reports, a worker at a Nigerian excavation site heard the demand in a telephone call on Thursday. The male voice, who spoke on behalf of the abductors, warned against involving the police or any security agency in the deal.

Breunij is the leader of a four-man team from the University of Frankfurt, Germany, working in collaboration ‎with the National Commission for Museum and Monuments and other institutions on the relics of Nok culture in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, has said that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had deployed surveillance helicopters and special police units including the Intelligence Response Team, the Technical Intelligence Unit as well as 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,” said Joshak Habila, another commander of the operation.

The spokesman said the deployed special forces and police investigators were in contact with the colleagues of the victims and had provided additional security for their safety.
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