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The vice chairman of Shelleng local government area of Adamawa State, Hon. Kama Lazarus Bakta has regained freedom after spending five days in kidnappers den.

The vice chairman was reportedly released last Friday.

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Bakta was kidnapped by gunmen five days ago when they stormed his residents in the wee hours of Tuesday night and whisked him away.

A source close to the politician revealed that Bakta was freed after payment of an undisclosed amount of ransom.

Confirming the development, Muhammad Abdullahi Kedi, the chairman of the local government said his deputy has regained freedom.

He thanked the people for their support and fervent prayers during the trying period noting that the biggest consolation was that the vice chairman came out of the travails alive.

The chairman urged the people to cooperate with the security operatives to ensure a water tight security as he said security should be a business for everyone.

The spokesman of the Adamawa State police command, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, could not be immediately reached for comments.

Nguroje has last week confirmed the abduction of the politician saying that the police are doing their best to arrest the culprits.

There has been upsurge of kidnapping for ransom and other violent crimes in Adamawa State which has become a source of worry for residents.

The 90-year-old elder brother of former governor Murtala Nyako was also kidnapped about a week ago but was released without payment of ransom.

Residents have expressed outpour of vituperations over the degeneration of insecurity calling on authorities to step up action to stem the tide before anarchy takes over the land.

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