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General News of Thursday, 28 July 2022


Jangebe Abduction: Warlord counters Buhari, says gov't paid N60m ransom for release of girls

Abu Sani was responsible for the kidnap of the Jangebe girls Abu Sani was responsible for the kidnap of the Jangebe girls

A recent BBC Africa Eye documentary highlighting the insecurity and unjust killings faced by Nigerians in the northern part of the country has revealed how bandits mostly Fulanis carry out the act as well as how they exchange their abductees for cash.

The no-holds-barred documentary that premiered on Sunday, July 24 focused on the northwest state of Zamfara and sought to uncover the root cause of the growing menace.

It captured community conflicts between the two dominant tribes, the Hausas and Fulanis that has degenerated and has become a national issue. The constant attacks on villages, the killing of innocent residents and monies earned after an abduction have made it lucrative for individuals who engage in it.

A typical example of a warlord who has amassed wealth through this venture is Abu Sani, a Zamfara resident who was responsible for the kidnap of more than 280 students of the Girls Senior Secondary School in Jangebe. He told the BBC Africa Eye that they made 60 million naira from the kidnapping of the girls in 2021.

"We demanded three hundred million naira but after negotiations, sixty million naira was paid for their release," adding that the money was used to "buy more rifles".

This is contrary to the state government's position that no ransom payment was paid to secure the release of the girls.

Speaking further, he stated that terrorizing the state is their own way of making the government of the day unpopular.

"In our world, terrorism is the right punishment for the government. The right way to teach them they are wrong. If they didn’t interfere, we wouldn’t have taken them. We feel no guilt. All we know is we inflicted disgrace on the government."

Recall, that the abduction in Zamfara occurred about two weeks after dozens of students and staff members were abducted by armed bandits from a school in Kagara, Niger State. The students in Niger were released on Saturday morning.

President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the abductions saying his government would not succumb to the blackmail of the bandits.


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