The family of Usman Bawa Zoro in Taraba State has raised the alarm over threats to their lives following an alleged unprofessional handling of kidnapping case by the police authority.
While calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to, as a matter of urgency, wade into the matter by offering them protection, the family said the suspected kidnapper is going about threatening them. They also urged the Human Rights Commission to intervene by calling to order persons indicted.
In a petition written by the family to the IGP and the commission, copy of which was made available to The Guardian, the family expressed sadness that a case of suspected kidnappers’ kingpin which was brought before the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Donga council and later transferred to the command headquarters in Jalingo, was not professionally handled.
The petition which was signed on behalf of the family by Buhari Usman, alleged that a member of the family, Hayatu Usman was kidnapped last December and was subsequently released after paying a ransom of N1.5 million.
The family said the suspect who was arrested, has since regained his freedom and going round bragging that he has the backing of the police and the court.
When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), David Misal, denied knowledge of the allegation saying: ”I don’t know what you are talking about.”