Bandits release Zamfara wedding guests after payment of ransom

The gunmen who kidnapped 29 individuals 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, mentioned their kin had been requested to make donations. He mentioned his household raised N33,000 whereas the telephone sellers’ affiliation “supplied the remaining cash.”

“Each household was informed to assemble N400,000 whereas the members of the plaza and their colleagues within the state supplied the remaining cash. Some members of the family had been in a position to increase the cash in full, however we couldn’t. I took the cash to the plaza and I used to be informed that they had been nonetheless negotiating with the bandits” he mentioned.

He mentioned he didn’t understand how a lot was given to the bandits “however I’m joyful that my brother is okay,” he mentioned.

From N5m to N700,000

A telephone equipment vendor, Sharhabilu Muhammad, informed 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 recognize that the preliminary cash they mentioned was N5m for every of the captives however our officers saved negotiating with them (bandits) till they decreased the cash to N700k,” he mentioned.

When requested about the one that reportedly died in captivity, Mr Muhammed mentioned his id 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.


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

They had been getting 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 individuals 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 turn into travellers’ nightmares with assaults and abduction or killing of travellers changing into a day by day incidence.


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