Kidnapped victims released after paying N1.7m in Niger

Kidnapped victims released after paying N1.7m in Niger
Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria.
January 31, 2021 

The five persons abducted at Avu of Gupa-Abugi community in Lapai Local Government Area Council of Niger State have been released after spending some days in the kidnappers’ den and paying N1.7 million ransom.

One of the victims revealed that they were accompanied by the criminals to the backyard of their village and were set free at around 1:00 am, saying that they were taken across River Gurara into Kogi State before they negotiated with their families.

The victim further disclosed that their kidnappers gave them N10, 000 from the ransom collected to buy slippers for themselves as they were set free to join their families.

He equally lamented that they were kept in a cave throughout their period in captivity after walking for hours throughout the night of the incident.

It would be recalled that last week Thursday, several unknown gunmen attacked the Avu community in Gupa- Abugi ward of Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State where five persons were kidnapped and one person was murdered by the hooligans.

According to a source, the criminals, stormed the village in their numbers around 1:00 am and opened fire on a large number of people who were scampering for safety upon seeing them, shooting sporadically.

Narrating the ordeal, a resident of the area who pleaded anonymity, said “The gunmen arrived at the village around 1:00 am, in large numbers and upon seeing them, people started scampering for safety as the attackers were shooting sporadically.

“One person was killed and six people were kidnapped,” he added.

He said that the vigilantes in the community tried their best to confront the armed rogues but could not get back up from security agencies as of the time that the attack was carried out.