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Terrorists Kill 1, Release 43 Abducted In Zamfara Mosque

The worshippers, kidnapped on Sept. 2 at the Jumu'at mosque in Zugu, Bukuyum LGA of the northwestern Nigerian state, were set free after a N5m ransom.

Terrorists responsible for the kidnap of 44 worshippers at a Jumu’at mosque in Zamfara State have killed one Babangida Muhammadu and released 43 others on Tuesday, Sept. 6 after a N5 million ransom payment.

The gang had abducted the worshippers on Friday, September 2, 2022 during their congregational weekly prayer in Zugu, Bukuyum Local Government Area (LGA) of the northwestern Nigerian state. 

One Babangida Muhammadu, 23, was killed while among those released are Hasan Garba, Husaini Garba, Abdulmalik A. Bunu and Kasimu Shehu. 

Also, Ladan Maikudi, the second Imam of the Mosque; Abubakar Sani, and Usman A. Junaidu.

Usman Junaidu lays on the ground in fatigue after his release. Photo Credit: Mukhtar Marafa/Facebook. 

A resisent, Saidu Umar, told HumAngle;  “relatives of the released victims used their motorcycles and moved into the deep forest areas located at the western parts of Zugu and brought back their loved ones.” 

Amadu Maigero, one of the motorcyclist added: “we entered the bush and carried our people after paying N5 million as part of our agreement with the terror group.” 

“I am now myself after seeing my children reunited with their families. Although they are looking too depressed, extremely dehydrated and pensive,” said Alhaji Junaidu, a political party chieftain whose two sons were among those released.

Another resident who pleaded anonymity told HumAngle that “we made financial commitment for our loved ones to be safely released. There was no involvement of any government official or security operatives throughout the negotiation process.” 

HumAngle learnt that many of the released victims could not stand upright longer than five minutes after their return.

All efforts to speak to the Zamfara State Police Command for an official comment on this latest development proved abortive as at the time this report was compiled.

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