Boko Haram extremists demand N28m ransom to free 52 Adamawa abductees

Nigerian forces continue war with Boko Haram 

Boko Haram extremists demand N28m ransom to free 52 Adamawa abductees
Charles Nwoke, Yola, Nigeria

May 13, 2021

Boko Haram terrorists have requested the sum of N28 million as a ransom for the 52 residents of the Kwapre community in the Hong Local Government Area Council in Adamawa State, who were kidnapped during an attack one month ago.

Several houses and other properties worth millions of Naira were razed down during the deadly raid.

Sources said the majority of the kidnapped victims were women and children.

Joel Kulaha, the Kwapre community head, urged Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian President, to help rescue and save the lives of the abductees, noting that the villagers were hamstrung by finance.

He lamented that “We have lost almost everything to the attack.”

All the ward heads of Kwapre, Sabon Gari, Kwapre Central, Hayin Rafi, and Unguwan Masalaci appreciated Governor Umaru Fintiri for sending the House of Assembly Speaker, Aminu Abbas, to condole them.

They urged the governor to do everything humanly possible to secure the release of their relations, saying, “Our situation calls for concern and immediate intervention.”

In another development, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has disclosed that 3.7 million persons have been deprived of food and protection in the North East.

The UN raised the alarm yesterday in its first quarter of the 2021 Dashboard released in Maiduguri, the Borno State.

“North-East Nigeria has reached an alarming level of food insecurity and hunger,” the Dashboard declared, adding that 5.1 million people were projected to be critically food-insecure during the lean season of June to August 2021.

It said that out of the 4.3 million people targeted, only 1.4 million were reached with food and non-food items.

On people’s inaccessibility to food, it said, “Only 689,000 displaced persons in camps were reached, while 86,000 returnees and 661,000 people in host communities had access to the distributed food items.”

It noted that 62 percent of reached people with food were children, while the response trend of funding ($354 million) also fell from nine percent in January to six percent in March this year.