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Army colonel kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway reportedly killed after payment of N10m ransom

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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An army colonel, SB Onifade, who was abducted along the dreaded Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, has been reportedly killed by his abductors despite payment of N10million ransom.

Mr Onifade, a consultant gynaecologist, was abducted near Olam Farm area while traveling at night on September 27.

It was gathered that the Nigerian Army had launched sterenous rescue operation for the officer, while negotiation for the ransom was ongoing.

Credible sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that Mr Onifade was killed on Saturday despite payment of the N10million ransom by family and friends.

Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, did not respond to our reporter’s call.

The Abuja-Kaduna expressway is notorious for kidnapping activities despite security patrol around the hotspots.

In April 2019, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu launched “Operation Puff Adder” to tackle banditry and kidnapping activities in Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara.

As part of the operation, police personnel were also massively deployed to secure the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

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