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Kaduna: Bandits make ‘lottery’ of abductees’ family

…Collects N20m ransom, demand for N20m more.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Bandits have reportedly abducted two persons around eastern bypass of Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, and demanded for N20 million and two motorcycles as ransom after collecting N20 million earlier.  

The duo was returning from Abuja to Kaduna in their own Toyaota vehicle, around 7:30pm on Monday, 21st August, 2022, when the incident occurred.

A family friend, who narrated the story to our correspondent in confidence on Tuesday, in Kaduna, explained that the bandits reportedly shot into their car, while it was in motion. 

He also disclosed that, the car owner, a retired architect and a cousin sister, both sustained bullets injuries from the gunshot and immediately stopped the car.

According to the source, while they were being taken into the bush, the aged cousin sister was bleeding seriously, owing to the severity of her bullet injury, and was, therefore, allowed by the bandits to go and treat herself, leaving only the man with them.

“The bandits later demanded for N20 million ransoms from the family of the victim and, after given them, they asked for another N20 million,” the source operating a business center in Kaduna NUJ premises had said.

The amount, according to the family, was sourced through contributions by friends and sympathizers, and was delivered to bandits through Sheikh Dr. Gum’s aides.

But, instead of releasing the victim after collecting the N20 million ransom, the bandits reportedly demanded for another N20 million and two motorcycles’ ransom before they would release him.

On the bullet injury sustained by the man, the sources said, he has been given treatment, according to what the bandits said.

Contacted on phone, the Kaduna State Police Command’s spokesman, DSP Mohammed Jalige, could not respond till press time.

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