The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The abducted Provost of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, Habibu Mainasara, has regained his freedom.
Mainasara’s elder brother, Nasiru Mainasara, told newsmen that he was freed on Wednesday night, three days after bandits abducted him from his official residence in the institution.
Details about his release remain sketchy and his brother did not disclose whether a ransom was paid.
On Monday, a day after he was taken, the bandits demanded a ransom of N5 million from his family with negotiations commencing for his release.
His brother, however, said prominent members of the community told the family to stop the negotiation and assured them that he will be rescued safely.
Following his abduction, the police command in the state deployed a search and rescue team in the area to hunt down the bandits and ensure his safe return.
Spokesperson of the Command Mohammed Shehu, however, said on Monday that the command was not aware of any negotiation between the family and the abductors.
Zamfara is among states in the North battling to halt the activities of rampaging bandits that have engaged in killings, abductions and other crimes.
Only last week, bandits killed 35 persons during an attack on five communities of Faru District in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.