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  • Updated: June 20, 2024

Bandits kill ransom negotiator in Kaduna after N16m ransom delivery

Bandits kill ransom negotiator in Kaduna after N16m ransom d

According to reports, nine abducted victims were released in exchange for a ransom of N16 million and three motorbikes, however, the ransom negotiator, Abba, 27, was shot and murdered by the bandits in Kaduna. 

In an article published on Thursday through X, security analyst and counter-insurgency specialist Zagazola Makama stated that the kidnapping occurred on April 16, 2024, when bandits broke into residences in Unguwar Iya, Jere, kidnapping nine inhabitants and demanding a N30 million ransom at first.

Shuaibu Hussaini, a local, did, however, confirm the killing in a phone chat to The Punch. 

According to Hussaini, the event took place last Saturday when Abba, who had been negotiating with the robbers, went to deliver the agreed-upon ransom to the group's commander at a certain site in the neighbourhood. "The bandits' leader, after collecting the ransom and the bikes, tied the deceased with a rope and opened fire on him," Hussaini said.

One of the liberated victims disclosed the motivation for the killing. He clarified, "It was one of the victims who were among those released who said the bandits' leader claimed that they decided to kill Abba for being rude to him during the negotiation of the ransom."

The cruelty of the murder was heightened when the bandits cruelly notified the victim's relatives of his fate. 

"It was when one of the family members of the victims tried to find out the whereabouts of Abba after delivering the ransom that the bandits' leader asked the family to go to a particular location and pick up his corpse," according to Hussaini.

According to the report, the incident has caused anguish across the neighbourhood.

Hussaini stated that the deceased's death had caused not just Abba's family but also the whole Jere chiefdom to mourn.

"The Kaduna State Police Command is yet to comment on the incident," the report stated.

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