January 28, 2023

Kidnappers Release Victims on Credit in Abuja

Some kidnapped villagers of Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory are said to have been released by their captors on credit.

A source from Kache, one of the communities in the area said 14 kidnapped victims were released on condition to go and harvest their farm crops to sell and raise money to pay the ransom.

The source said the kidnappers agreed to release the victims for Five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) per victim, totalling 7 million naira to be paid when they harvest and sell their crops.

“When we heard of it at first, we thought it was a joke, because that had never happened before, until after almost two weeks then some of the victims relations confirmed to us that the kidnappers have started calling, demanding for the payment and threatening to rain havoc on the community ” the source said.

He said it was 18 victims they kidnapped and they also carted away food items but two of the victims escaped in the bush while they were on their way and two others were killed in the kidnappers custody.

“I first relocated my family to Bauchi State when we started hearing rumours of their coming, and people kept calling me to leave the town until I heed to their pressure and left to Abuja then they stroke the village 3 days after I left.

The source appealed for prayers for the communities, saying people are leaving the areas to safe places and if nothing is done to restore confidence in the people, they might not return,he said.