The bandits who kidnapped 85 folks in Wanzamai village in Tsafe Native Authorities Space of Zamfara State have lastly agreed to gather a ransom of N20,000 for every of the victims.
In addition they demanded that the authorities withdraw the troopers from the village as a part of the circumstances for the discharge of the abductees.
They set a deadline of 12 midnight on Sunday, threatening to kill any sufferer who didn’t pay on or earlier than the stipulated deadline.
They threatened to proceed kidnapping villagers except navy personnel deployed in Vanzamai village had been withdrawn.
Abubakar Na’Allah advised The PUNCH on cellphone that the bandits despatched a message that they might solely acquire N20,000 from every of the 85 victims as ransom, contemplating their monetary standing.
Na, allah mentioned: “The bandits earlier demanded a sum of fifty million for the discharge of 85 folks they kidnapped, largely girls and youngsters who went to the forest final Friday to gather wooden.
“However after a collection of negotiations, they agreed to gather N20,000 from every sufferer as a result of they realized they had been all from poor households.
“In addition they requested us to tell the authorities that they are going to proceed to assault the village if the troopers proceed to remain within the space.”
Na’Allah mentioned the households of the kidnapped victims had been attempting to pay the cash, lamenting that “lots of them should promote their belongings to lift the quantity.”
He mentioned that his sister’s daughter was additionally among the many abductees, and added that the household began an enchantment fund to gather the quantity and save the woman.
Based on Na’Allah, the kidnapping of the 85 folks was a reprisal by bandits whose males had been killed in a military raid final Thursday.
“There was a military assault on the camp of bandits final Thursday the place some bandits had been killed.
“The villagers had been advised final Friday not to enter the forest for concern of being attacked by bandits, however sadly some girls and youngsters didn’t heed the warning.
“They went to the forest to get wooden, not understanding that bandits had been hiding there, and so they had been all kidnapped.”
Na’Allah mentioned two of the kidnapped victims managed to flee, whereas one was killed by the bandits.
The state Commissioner for Safety, Mamman Tsafe, who additionally hails from Tsafe LG the place the incident occurred, advised The PUNCH that the state authorities won’t bow to strain from the bandits to evaluate navy personnel deployed in Wanzamai village.
The commissioner mentioned: “We can’t be intimidated by bandits into altering our safety plans.
“We won’t withdraw navy personnel connected to Wanzamai Village, no matter strain from the bandits.”