Abuja estate residents allegedly face an increased ransom demand of N700 million from their kidnappers.


Kidnappers, who abducted 10 individuals from Sagwari Estate Layout in Dutse, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on January 7, 2024, and tragically killed three, have reportedly raised the ransom for the remaining captives to N700 million.

According to reports from Leadership, the bandits initially demanded N60 million per person but escalated the figure to N100 million, totaling N700 million, following the alleged killing of some victims due to delays in meeting the ransom. The victims were purportedly slain by the kidnappers over the prolonged negotiation period for the demanded amount.

Recent information indicates that the kidnappers, operating in Bwari villages, killed one of the abducted persons, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, in an attempt to pressure her family into swiftly raising the ransom. Another individual, Folorunsho Ariyo, and a girl were also reported to have lost their lives.

On Sunday, January 14, former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Ali Pantami, shared on his social media handle that a friend had pledged to contribute the remaining N50 million ransom for the Al-Kadriyar family. This financial support aims to facilitate the release of their remaining five daughters from the kidnappers following the tragic death of Nabeeha.

Meanwhile, residents of Sagwari Layout are said to have finalized plans for a significant protest against what they perceive as the government’s and security agencies’ lack of action in rescuing their fellow community members. Initially scheduled for Monday, the protest has been rescheduled to Tuesday due to the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

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