Terrorists who abducted the traditional ruler of Kajuru and 13 other persons including members of his family in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria have demanded for a ransom of N200 million to secure their release.
Dahiru Abubakar, the spokesman of the Kajuru Emirate Council said in a statement on Monday, July 12, 2021 that the terrorists have reached out with their terms for the release of the Emir and the 13 royal family members.
Abubakar said the terrorists assured the council that all the victims including the traditional ruler were in good condition and were not being tortured or molested.
HumAngle on Sunday reported that terrorists abducted the Emir of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu and his family at his residence in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The 85-year-old monarch was abducted alongside his three wives, two grandchildren, three staff members, and five more persons.
The spokesperson however said the council was still appealing to the abductors to release their victims unconditionally, especially given the fragile health condition of the monarch.
According to a Channels Television report, one of the kidnappers was killed and some others injured in a shootout with soldiers during the attack on the palace.
The report quoted residents in the area as saying that the over 200 terrorists arrived the community on motorbikes in the early hours of Sunday, July 11, 2021 through a nearby forest that stretches across the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Kachia Local Government Area, and started shooting sporadically, before they were countered by soldiers deployed to the area.
The terrorists during the shootout, according to the report, divided themselves into two, with one group engaging the soldiers in the gun battle, while the other group moved into the palace, and took the Emir and 13 members of his family away into the forest.
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