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Niger: Bandits release village chief’s wives, keep him for more ransom

Their husband is still with the kidnappers who are demanding an extra N95 million to set him free.

• June 16, 2021
Niger Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman
Niger Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman

The two wives of a Zungeru chief in Niger State, kidnapped alongside their husband, have been freed after payment of N6,740,000 ransom.

The husband, Al-Mustapha Abdullahi, is still with the kidnappers who demanded an extra N95 million to free him.

The village head of Zungeru, Aliyu Tanko, made this known during an interview on Wednesday in Zungeru.

Mr Tanko said that Mr Abdullahi was kidnapped alongside his two wives around 1:40 a.m. on June 6.

“There was a deception along the line because the kidnappers agreed for a ransom of five million naira but when our people got there to give them the agreed sum they changed their mind.

“They said that we should purchase three special motorcycles of N580,000 each in addition to the five million naira cash and we did. They ended up releasing only the two wives of the Madaki (Abdullahi),” he said.

Mr Tanko said that the two women were set free around Kagara forest and given N200 each by their abductor for their transportation to Zungeru.

The village head said that the victims have since been taken to the hospital for medical care.

He said that when the kidnappers contacted the family after the release of the two wives, they demanded another N95 million to secure the release of the chief.

Mr Tanko explained that the kidnappers threatened that if they failed to produce the balance, Mr Abdullahi would be taken to their headquarters in Zamfara forest.

“Right now, we don’t know the next thing to do. We are at the mercy of Allah. Whatever they want to do let them go and do. What we know is that one day all of us must die and give account to Allah.”

On June 14, Mr Tanko had said that the suspected kidnappers demanded N100 million to free their victims but the community pleaded with them to reduce it.

He had also appealed for financial assistance to secure the release of the three persons kidnapped. 

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