…As other Bandits kill 6 victims in Kaduna***
The authorities may never know how many victims are truly in the bandits’ custody, as bandits in Katsina State, moved by pity and Government’s sincerity, have released additional 30 kidnapped victims, following the dialogue initiated by the state government with their leaders. More are reportedly with them.
The victims were presented to Gov. Aminu Masari at the Government House on Sunday in Katsina.
The victims who were abducted by the bandits from Kankara and Shimfida, both in Jibia Local Government area of the state, had been taken to their hideout in Damsadau forest, Zamfara State, where they spent several weeks.
Addressing the victims, Masari said that government would continue to persuade the bandits to release more kidnapped people until all of them were freed.
He directed that the released victims be taken to hospital for medical checkup before reuniting them with their respective families.
One of victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara, while narrating her ordeal in the hands of the bandits, said that she was kidnapped from her matrimonial home, with two of her children.
She said that the bandits demanded for a N20 million ransom before they could release her and the children.
Sani explained that the ransom was later reduced to N6 million which, she said, her family could still not afford to pay.
She said that the suspected bandits used to give them rice to cook, with only water and salt.
“For 55 days, we slept in an open place without a roof, not minding the rainfall or heat,” she lamented.
Sani expressed appreciation to the governor for securing their release, adding that there were still several other victims in the forest yearning for their release from the bandits.
The returnees were handed over to the Transition Committee Chairmen of Kankara and Jibia local government councils to ensure that they were reunited with their families after medical checkup.
In another development, daring Bandits have attacked a hamlet and killed six persons on Saturday in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The attack occurred at Fadaman Rimi hamlet a remote settlement near Udawa village in the local government area.
One person survived the attack, but the bandits were confirmed to have rustled some cows.
Spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident, gave the names of those killed as Saminu, Wosha, Isiya, Titus, Madami and Tanko, whose surnames were not yet ascertained.
He added that one Ikoniya, who sustained gunshot injury has been admitted in hospital for treatment.
“On receipt of the information, teams of detectives have been mobilised to the area on general search mission for possible arrest of the culprits and recovery of the rustled cattle.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Janga is saddened over this ugly incident and wishes to commiserate with the families of the deceased persons.
“The CP assures the good people of Kaduna State that the perpetrators will be apprehended and be brought to justice.”