By Simon Francis
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Nasarawa State on Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Mr John Mammam, says he has forgiven those who kidnapped him few days ago.
He stated this after he regained freedom from his abductors in Lafia, Wednesday.
It would be recalled the Special Adviser was kidnapped by unknown gun men last Saturday evening in his house at Dari, in Kokona Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking with journalists, Mr. Mamman reiterated that he has forgiven the kidnappers because, according to him, “they don’t know what they are doing.
“I have forgiven them and I pray they will repent of their sins. I don’t pray any of my friends and relations to be their victim.”
While confirming the release of the Special Adviser, the Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe Emmanuel, said that since the abduction of the governor’s aide, the police mounted very tight security surveillance in areas suspected to be the likely hideout of the kidnappers.
According to him, his command deployed tactical strategies which included men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, Mobile Force as well as air surveillance to cordoned the flash points.
He revealed that one person was arrested on the day of the kidnap and seven others suspected to be in connection with the kidnap were later picked by his men.
“We launched an intense pressure on the kidnappers, who based on intelligence, were at a village in Doma.
“They could not help but released Mr John Mammam on Wednesday morning as we later arrested 3 other suspects who our men engaged in a fierce gun battle and inflicted devastating injury on most of them.
“One of the suspects escaped, while among the two that were arrested, one of them was badly wounded,” Longe said.
He disclosed that N1million, a motor cycle and handsets were recovered from the suspects.