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Bandits Hold Newborn In Captivity, Flog Mother And Demand N50m Ransom



A heavily pregnant woman who was abducted from Mando in Kaduna in July has been delivered of a child in captivity. The victim, who went to visit her ailing mother on the day bandits struck, was abducted alongside two of her sisters.

The victim’s husband reacts to the situation In an interview with Daily Trust, the victim’s husband, Mohammed Alabi, said:

“My wife gave birth at the kidnappers’ camp on 2nd August, 2022 and since then, both mother and child have not received any medical care and to make matter worse, we learnt they were being maltreated and flogged.

We are all dying emotionally and physically, that is why we are appealing to whoever God will use to secure their release to please help us free them.” The victims’ father narrates a sad ordeal Recounting the family’s ordeal, the father of the victims, Malam AbdulWahab Yusuf, disclosed that the bandits broke into their Mando home around 1:05 am the day of the attack.

“My two daughters used to take care of their mother who is sick, but unfortunately, that day their elder sister, who is pregnant came from her husband’s house to look after her mother when the bandits broke into the house and kidnapped my three daughters.”

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“They asked initially asked for N140 million, but now they have reduced the ransom to N50 million. The family has been adversely affected by the trauma. My wife, who was able to walk unaided before the incident, now uses wheelchair. We just carried out a surgery on her. I have not been myself, I cannot sleep, once it is night I don’t know how my body feels.”

The elder sister share further details Also speaking, the elder brother of the kidnapped sisters, Kabiru Yusuf, said: “My sisters lamented to me on Sunday that they were being maltreated and that the bandits commander wants to abandon them in the camp.

We are continuously pleading with them as we have sold everything we have but what we raised is not tangible and we don’t have anything more to sell again.” Victims family call on FG for assitance He appealed to the Federal and Kaduna state governments, charity organisations, philanthropists and well-spirited individuals to assist the family in securing the release of their loved ones.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, in a recent interview with BBC Hausa, opened up on some antecedents involved in the release of some of the hostages during the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

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Mr. Shehu revealed that negotiations and an agreement were struck between the federal government and the terrorists to release the hostages. Mr. Shehu said the federal government met its own side of the bargain but the terrorist failed to release the hostages as promised.

The Zamfara government had asked residents in the northwest state to arm themselves against bandits. The government also directed the Zamfara commissioner of police to issue gun licenses to those eligible to bear arms.

According to regional reporter in Zamfara, Ahmad Khaleel, the government further said it is ready to facilitate securing of basic weapons for the people, especially farmers, to defend themselves.

The Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed his fears over the candidacy of Peter Obi, the flag bearer of Labour Party.

Governor Okowa in an interview with Daily Independent newspaper, revealed that Peter Obi has become a powerful force in the presidential race and will pose a problem from the southeastern region of Nigeria.

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