Suspected bandits, who was said to have kidnapped 44 Worshippers at a Jumu’at mosque, in the Zugu area of Zamfara State, have unfortunately killed one of the abducted victims and released the 43 victims remained in their custody.
The victim identified as 23-year-old “Babangida Muhammadu”.
Among those that were set free include the children of a political party chieftain, Alhaji Junaidu, whose sons were also abducted recently.
The victims were kidnapped last Friday September 2, 2022, and the families of the victims were said to have gathered funds, for about N5 million, that was requested by the bandits.
The spokesperson for the Zamfara State Police Command, “SP Muhammed Shehu”, confirmed the release of the victims, and went further to denied the report of any dead victim or ransom was paid.
“The command is aware that all the victims have been released, but I am not aware that anyone was killed or that any ransom was paid”, he said, adding that the state police command had been working tirelessly to secure the state including worship centres.
He however noted that the bad incident at Zugu occurred because it is an outskirt area of the state with fewer inhabitants.
The police added that the major challenge encountered in the state is that of Informants are releasing relevant security information to the bandits.
Reports says that Bakura, Bukkuyum and Gummi Local Government Areas of state have recently been witnessing multiple attacks by bandits, who kill and kidnap the innocent residents of the area.
In the meantime, the state government said it had dialogues with the nine bandits’ camps in Magami, Dansadau Emirate in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the state.
It was also gathered that the bandits kingpin “Bello Turji” had accepted the peace proposal which is why sanity is gradually restoring to Shinkafi, Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State, Northwest, Nigeria.