28 Abducted Victims Regain Freedom In Niger, #18million Allegedly Paid

Olabode Adaramola

After being held captive for  more than 100 days by their abductors in their hideouts , some 28 persons recently abducted  from communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state have  regained their freedom on Wednesday .

The victims were however said to have been set free after their relations allegedly   paid over N18million  ransom to the kidnappers, as  each of the victims relations  have allegedly  paid  not less than about N600,000.

National Wires gathered  that the released abuctees were conveyed in a commercial vehicle from the Zamfara and Kaduna States borders  and dropped at Doka village in Kaduna state by their abductors from where they were said to have  trekked on foot for several kilometers through the bush to the main road.

It was further  learnt that the relations of the freed abductees took them over at the main road.

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It was jubilation galore in Kagara town headquarters of Rafi local government area of Niger State  when 10 of the released victims who were Christians arrived at their Church premises .

When contacted the Commissioner of Police,  Niger State  Commissioner CP. Monday Bala Kuryas confirmed the incident, stresdiinh that the victims were released after “Serious dialogue” with their abductors  and most probably because of the heat from the military and police operations  in the area was getting too hot for the kidnappers.

Bala Kuryas however stated that he cannot confirm if the abductees’ relations and friends paid any ransom to the the bandits to facilitate their release but added that ” I heard something like that”.

However, on Wednesday  gunmen suspected to be armed bandits were said to have resumed their operations in the Wushishi and Bosso local government areas of the state  following the Kidnapped of three Chinese nationals, while at least three Nigerians working at the Zungeru Hydro Electric Dam, lost their lives after sustaining serious gun shots injuries.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba