Gunmen Abduct Villagers In Zamfara, Demand Redesigned Naira As Ransom

By Damilare Adeleye

Gunmen have reportedly abducted four persons including a man, woman and two children, in Kolo village situated in the Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

It was learnt that following the victims’ abduction, the suspects demanded N10m ransom and rejected the existing naira notes.

A resident in the area, Mohammed Ibrahim, told the press that the bandits later reduced the ransom to N5m, adding that people in the village had been trying to raise the money to secure the safe release of the victims.

“As we were trying to gather the money demanded by the terrorists, they sent another message this morning that they would not collect old naira notes.

“They said they would keep the abducted persons in their camps until the release of the new naira notes in December,” Ibrahim disclosed.

Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, and the state Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, were unable to be reached as calls put to them were not answered.

Messages sent to their mobile numbers were yet to be responded as at the time of filing this report.