Kidnappers Release Journalist, Family in Birnin-Gwari, After Ransom Payment

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Thirteen days after the Kidnapping of a journalist, his wife and two siblings, armed bandits terrorizing Birnin-Gwari have finally regained freedom after a ransom of five million naira was paid. 

They were released around 7.15am at Tasha Keji near Kuriga along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highways. Their freedom from Kidnappers’ den was possible after a hectic and painstaking negotiation with the Armed bandits for thirteen days. 

Armed bandits had on Monday 10th September 2018, kidnapped a Staff of NTA Kaduna, Yahaya Isa a staff of NTA Kaduna and his wife and his cousin Sama’ila Buhari and another married woman (Ummah) all from an extended family.

“We would like to felicitate with all the affected families for their safe return in good health. Also, we thank all those that show concerned prayers and assistance for the release of the abducted persons”.

“We want to equally register our dismay to security agencies particularly the police for their inaction to track down Kidnappers of Yahaya and others despite reliable information of their location and phone numbers of the Kidnappers given to them by  prominent elders of our community.”

It is our view that the police should be up and doing in their responsibilities of fighting crimes of Kidnapping through intelligence gathering and synergy with local volunteers and vigilantes.


Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari

Chairman, Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance.

23rd September 2018.

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