28 Kidnapped Victims Regain Freedom In Niger.
#18m allegedly paid.
By Yahaya Zakka Minna.
After staying more than 100 days in kidnappers den, some 28 persons kidnapped from communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state on Wednesday regained their freedom.
The victims were released after their families reportedly paid over N18m. ransom to the kidnappers. Each of the victim families was said to have paid about N600,000.
Treasuretimes learnt that those released were conveyed in a commercial vehicle from the Zamfara and Kaduna border and dropped at Doka village in Kaduna state by their captors from where they trekked several kilometers through the bush to the main road.
It was learnt that the relations of the freed abductees took them over at the main road.
It was jubilation galore in Kagara town headquarters of Rafi local government when 10 of the released victims who are Christians arrived at their Church.
When contacted Niger State Police Commissioner Mr Monday Bala Kuyars confirmed the story saying the victims were released after “Serious dialogue” with their kidnappers and most probably because the heat from the military and police operation in the area was getting too hot for the kidnappers.
Bala Kuyars said he could not confirm if the abductees relations paid any ransom to the bandits to facilitate their release but added that ” I heard something like that”.
However, on tuesday bandits resumed their operations in the Rafi local government area , as two Chinese nationals were abducted, while at least three Nigerians working at the Zungeru Hydro Electric Dam, lost their lives.