Abducted ex-Customs chief, Mohammed Zarma freed in Kwara


Ex-Deputy Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Mohammed Zarma allegedly abducted by gunmen on Friday last week in Kwara State has regained his freedom.

Mr Zarma, a fish farmer, was abducted on his farm at Oke Jia, Egbejila along Obate Village, Asa Local Government Area.

The gunmen were said to have trekked into the farm with dangerous weapons such as Ak47 and “took the man away by trekking through the bush.”

A close source of the retired Customs officer said the kidnap victim was released on Monday night and was said to be recuperating in a private hospital from experience suffered from the abduction.

Although it was not clear how much was paid as ransom, the source said the abductors had initially demanded N10 million which was later negotiated to N6 million.

Spokesperson of Kwara State Police Command Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the release of the farmer. He, however, said he needed to make contacts before he could give details.