- The coach and another person identified as Aminu Lawal were kidnapped on the same day
- While in the kidnappers den, many speculations arouse. Matches were postponed and his family members said he had traveled to Germany
- The kidnappers demanded for 15million ransom to be paid for his release. Biffo was later released after spending 17 days in their den, after ransom was paid
“I thank God for everything, they are not even Nigerians. The leader of that gang is from Chad,” were the words of Biffo toTHE SPORTDIVA, shortly after his release.
Coach Abdullahi Usman Biffo
Biffo is the current head coach of the Nigeria Premier League club, Katsina United. He was unveiled by the club in February 13, 2018.
He had previously worked with Abia Warriors, a club in the NPFL. His unique talent as a coach made Enyimba FC of Aba seek to appoint him until he chose Katsina over the Elephants of Warri, citing personal reasons. He also had a stint with Giwa FC of Jos and Niger Tornadoes of Minna.
Improving himself, the coach has attended high levelled refreshing training courses in Brazil and USA.
The coach and another person identified as Aminu Lawal were kidnapped on the same day. Lawal is an aide to the retired Justice, Mamman Nasir, whose kidnap attempt on the same day was bungled.
It was learnt that armed bandits had blocked the road and attacked unsuspecting commuters; some were robbed, while some were abducted. Biffo is one of the unfortunate kidnapped ones.
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The kidnappers demanded for 15million ransom to be paid for his release.
Findings by THE SPORTDIVA also revealed that the kidnap occurred around 9pm on January 7, 2019 along Gora-Dayi road, Malumfashi Local Government Area, Katsina state. The police later confirmed the abduction.
Spokesperson to the Police Command in the state, SP Gambo Isah in a chat with newsmen, said, “It was after all that it was realised that another man, Abdullahi Usman Biffo of GRA Katsina was also taken away”.
Narrating how it all happened, Biffo said they were four in a vehicle when the bandits approached them, killing two other passengers on the spot;
“The guys stopped us at a checkpoint, they disguised as policemen, and their look was rough and hard but the four of us in the car, including the driver respected them because of their uniform and stopped the car. Suddenly they requested for our phones and other valuables we might possess,” he explained to THE SPORTDIVA.
He continued by saying they were later blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination;
“They killed two of us (out of the four occupants of the vehicle) including the driver, we were blindfolded, after that we found ourselves in the bush because we abandoned the car and was made to trek for many hours,” he continued by saying that he suddenly found himself and the other man in Zamfara state after embarking on a vehicle in a tight blindfold.
“We later discovered we were inside a thick forest, we were not given good foods at first but later we were given Tuwo and sometime, rice without taste, and I couldn’t open my eyes to even eat the food, I have to close them tightly to swallow.”
Biffo in his chat with THE SPORTDIVA further disclosed that the gang leader is from Chad while his deputy is from Niger republic.
“The second in command is from Niger and, the gang leader is from Chad. I think it is an inside job, this thing goes beyond what Nigerians are looking at, and many people are behind it, serious. When we were there they always go out for meetings, they once said they are going to Okenne for a meeting, they are very busy people.
Speculations and Postponed Match
While in the kidnappers den, many speculations arouse. Matches were postponed and his family members said he had traveled to Germany.
“We are not worried about the news of his kidnapping because nobody has communicated with the family about anything of such and I have not heard of him been kidnapped,” his brother tells Sporting Life.
Confirming his brother’s submission, Biffo said, “My family is fine, no one knows until Monday, we tried to keep it so they will not know who I am. When our matches were postponed, we kept the issue because these people were coming to the town and listening to the news and if they know who I am, a football coach, it will turn to something else.”
Meanwhile, the match Day 3 between Rivers United and Katsina United was postponed; after the request for the match to be postponed by the club management was granted by the League Management Company (LMC ). They cited kidnap of their head coach.
Biffo was later released after spending 17 days at the kidnappers den. However, the ransom was paid.
“One of those days, the Nigeria Air Force bombed the environment we were kept, the place is rocky inside the thick forest in Zamfara. The explosions were much closed to us, about 500 meters; I thank God for his protection.
“After the ransom was paid, we were released. I am just coming from the hospital where I was diagnosed of typhoid; those people that are guiding us need to do more. We will face the rock and they will give us bad water. We were two but that very day they killed the driver and the other passenger and kidnapped the two of us.”
“They took the ransom since Saturday, who will arrest them?” he asks.
“I am happy to be back to home. I thank everyone who stood by me, the government, media, family and concerned Nigerians.” he concludes