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Women, Custom Officer Abducted In Zamfara Community Regain Freedom

Six women and a customs officer abducted in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria have regained their freedom after ransom was paid to their abductors.

Six women and an officer of the Nigerian Customs Service abducted in Tsafe Local Government Area, Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, have been released.

They  were released on Sunday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 16, respectively. 

Sanusi Bello, a Tsafe resident and a neighbour of one of the victims, told HumAngle that families and friends contributed to the ransom money used to free the women. 

According to him, the women were beaten mercilessly by their kidnappers who abducted them on Friday, Feb. 13,  2022. 

The victims, including an elderly woman named Hajiya Maituwo, are currently being treated for their injuries. 

“I went to see her (Maituwo) in the morning, and she told me that they were being beaten uncontrollably, and one of them (the terrorists) was insulting her,” he explained. 

The terrorists had previously released Muhammad Hassan Lawal, a customs officer who was kidnapped when he came for a family visit, after a ransom of N5 million was paid. 

Umar Lawal, the customs officer’s elder brother, confirmed to HumAngle that his brother had been released after being held captive for five days.

The terrorists demanded for N10 million but negotiations reached half of the money which was given to them.
HumAngle reported that the seven victims were kidnapped by terrorists in a separate attack on Tsafe Local Government Area, which has recently been targeted for attacks.

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