Terrorists abduct Zamfara villagers, Imo politician, demand new naira

Suspected terrorists have abducted four persons, a man, a woman and two children, in Kolo village in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects demanded N10 million ransom after kidnapping the victims and rejected the old Naira notes.

A resident of the area, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the bandits later reduced the ransom to N5 million, adding that people in the village had been trying to raise the money to ensure the safe release of the victims.

“When we tried to raise the money demanded by the terrorists, they sent another message this morning that they would not accept old Naira notes,” he said.

“They said they would hold the abducted people in their camps until the new Naira notes were released in December,” Ibrahim said.

Calls to the state police public relations officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, and the state information officer, Ibrahim Dosara, were unsuccessful.

Text messages sent to their cell phone numbers had yet to receive a response at the time of writing.

On Tuesday, gunmen abducted an All Progressives Grand Alliance politician, Nduka Anyanwu, in Imo State.

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PUNCH Metro learnt that Anyanwu, one of the party’s candidates for the House of Representatives, was campaigning with his supporters when the gunmen invaded the rally and abducted him.

A source reported how the abduction occurred, “The gunmen stopped him (Anyanwu) on the way when he was finishing preparations for his election workers. We do not yet know where they took him, and the kidnappers have not yet made contact

The APGA chairman in the state, John Iwuala, who confirmed the abduction, said the politician has been released.

Iwuala said, “Yes, our candidate was kidnapped early this morning, but just as we were about to report it officially, we heard that the kidnappers had released him. The kidnappers collected everything he had with him when he was kidnapped”

State police spokesman Mike Abattam said he had not yet been briefed on the incident.

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