Abductors of Zamfara wedding guests demand N145m ransom
The sum of N145million have been demanded by abductors of Zamfara wedding guests as ransom for their freedom.
It was earlier reported that the wedding guests were kidnapped on Saturday evening June 11, in Dogon Awo, a community between Tureta and Bakura located on the borders of Sokoto and Zamfara States, while returning from a wedding in Sokoto state.
Most of those abducted are smartphones and accessories dealers at the popular Bebeji Plaza in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital.
Channels Television reported that the abductors requested a sum of N5 million each as a ransom for the release of the 29 victims in their captivity.
Secretary of an association to which the victims belonged in Zamfara State, Ashiru Zurmi, said the bandits have been contacting the union through one of the victims’ phones and have demanded N145million as ransom before they will be released.
He told Channels Television;
“The N145 million demanded means it is N5 million on each of the persons, but we have not negotiated yet because we told them we don’t have the money and it is an association and they told us to ask the government.
“We are the only people communicating with the bandits with one phone that belongs to one of the victims.”
Zurmi commended the effort of the security agencies, saying they have been ensuring their best to rescue the abducted members of the union since the incident happened.
“Honestly, they (the security operatives) are doing their best since Saturday to make sure they (the victims) return safely.”