Terrorists Release Captives After Ransom Paid In Northeast Nigeria

A group of herders including five children, taken captive last month, have been released in Maiduguri after a ransom was paid, local sources say.

Terrorists have released 11 people who have been held captive for 21 days in Borno northeast Nigeria after their community paid a ransom. 

The group of five children under 15 and six adults were abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists from Malam Fatori in Abadam local government area at the beginning of January. 

It is understood that a three million naira ransom was paid for the release of the 11 people. The community collected the money for their release, they said. 

According to sources from the community this is not the first time people have been abducted in that area. There are many others still in captivity because their ransom has not been made, local sources said.

“This evening 11 persons were welcomed and received at our camp after they had been under the hands of Boko Haram for 21 days. Three million naira was paid as ransom before they were released.” Boyi Dauda, member of management of the Shuwari V IDP camp in Maiduguri, told HumAngle.

“They are traumatised. Therefore, we have contacted Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) and informed them of their health conditions that needed attention. They told us that they will come tomorrow to assess whether they are drugged and give them necessary medical check ups, ” Dauda added.

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