Bandits release Zamfara wedding guests after payment of ransom

The gunmen who kidnapped 29 folks returning to Zamfara State from Sokoto State the place they’d gone to attend the wedding of colleagues have launched them after the payment of an unspecified ransom.

The victims, who had been principally sellers of cell phones and telephone equipment at Bebeji Communication Market (Bebeji Plaza) in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State had been kidnapped in Sokoto 13 days in the past.

Secretary of the GSM Sellers Affiliation within the state, Ashiru Zurmi, confirmed the release of the victims however didn’t give particulars.

One of the victims reportedly died in captivity.

Although the quantity paid as ransom to safe the release of the hostages has not been revealed, Abdullahi Lawal, whose brother was amongst these kidnapped, stated their family had been requested to make donations. He stated his household raised N33,000 whereas the telephone sellers’ affiliation “offered the remaining cash.”

“Each household was advised to collect N400,000 whereas the members of the plaza and their colleagues within the state offered the remaining cash. Some relations had been in a position to elevate the cash in full, however we couldn’t. I took the cash to the plaza and I used to be advised that they had been nonetheless negotiating with the bandits” he stated.

He stated he didn’t know the way a lot was given to the bandits “however I’m completely satisfied that my brother is okay,” he stated.

From N5m to N700,000

A telephone equipment vendor, Sharhabilu Muhammad, advised PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone that the officers of the telephone sellers affiliation negotiated with the bandits to cut back the ransom they initially demanded to release the captives.

“You realize that the preliminary cash they stated was N5m for every of the captives however our officers saved negotiating with them (bandits) till they diminished the cash to N700k,” he stated.

When requested about the one who reportedly died in captivity, Mr Muhammed stated his identification has not been revealed.

“We don’t know as a result of even the bandits didn’t inform however we’ll absolutely discover out once they (captives) arrive at Gusau tonight,” he added.

The police command spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, didn’t reply to calls and SMS despatched to him on the event.

Backstory

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the wedding guests had been kidnapped when bandits opened hearth on the 2 buses they had been travelling in a couple of kilometres after Bimasa within the Dogon Awo junction, Sokoto State.

They had been coming back from Tambuwal city in Sokoto State the place they’d attended the wedding of a colleague, Jamil Umar.

The captives had been travelling on a Toyota Coaster bus belonging to the Common Primary Training Fee UBEC and one other bus owned by Gusau Native Authorities.

The bandits had demanded a ransom of N145 million to release the 29 hostages.

Bandits have been terrorising North-west states and a component of North-central Nigeria, killing and displacing a whole bunch of folks and rustling home animals.

Travelling on federal and native highways is changing into harmful as bandits block roads, abduct and kill motorists.

Main federal highways together with Abuja-Kaduna, Gusau-Sokoto-Birnin Kebbi, and Birnin Gwari-Kaduna have develop into travellers’ nightmares with assaults and abduction or killing of travellers changing into a each day prevalence.

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