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.
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.
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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