Bandits demand N200m to free 19 villagers abducted from Niger community

Bandits who abducted19 persons from Kutunku village in Wushishi LGA of Niger state, have reportedly demanded for N200 million as ransom to free their victims.

The Cable reports that the bandits invaded the village at around 1am on Monday March 8, and kidnapped 19 residents including six women.

The village head of the community where the 19 persons were abducted, Ibrahim Yusuf, told the publication that the bandits made the demand via a phone call on Wednesday evening March 10. He said they called and insisted on getting N200 million to release those taken hostage.

“They called us and asked for money. They are holding 19 people and they are telling us we should bring n200 million.

Ibrahim further said that all their houses in the community if sold cannot amount to such huge demand.

“We don’t know what to do because we are all in confusion in the village now, including our wives and children; we don’t know what to do. Even if we sell our house, we cannot get that money.”

The village head further disclosed that the village has reported the incident to the police while “looking for a way out”.

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