Terrorists that kidnapped three sisters, including a pregnant housewife in Kaduna State, have threatened to kill their hostages for failure to pay N50m demanded by them as ransom.
The bandits in the early hours of Friday, July 17, 2022, invaded Tudun Mun Tsira Village of Zangon Shanu, Samaru in Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and abducted the heavily pregnant woman and her sisters, while they were taking care of their sick mother.
The pregnant housewife, Zainab, later gave birth in the terrorists’ den.
However, the immediate younger brother of the victim, Kabir Yusuf, who has been the negotiating with the bandits, on Monday, told journalists in Kaduna that the bandits called and demanded that they would kill the mother and the child if the N50 million was not paid within 24 hours.
According to Yusuf, the bandits initially demanded N140 million for the release of the victims, but eventually reduced the ransom to N50 million after negotiations.
Yusuf said, “since the kidnap, we have been negotiating with them. The terrorists initially demanded for N140 million but we pleaded with them that we are poor people. So, they reduced it to N100m. We pleaded with them further and they later reduced it to N50m and threatened that if we don’t have the N50m ready, we should not call them again.
“My sisters lamented to me on Sunday that they were being mistreated and that the bandits commander want to leave the camp and may not return until after a while. So, we should talk to them.
“But I told them that we have sold everything we have but what we raised is not tangible and we don’t have anything to sell again they started crying and I broke down weeping too.
“Now, the disturbing development is that, on Sunday, when I spoke to the kidnappers, I pleaded with them to release my sisters and the new baby, that we have only been able to raise N6.5million. But, they started insulting me.
“They said if we don’t bring N50m in the next two days, they will kill my sisters and the new baby.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government, Kaduna state government, charity organisations, philanthropists and well spirited individuals to assist us in securing their release.
“We don’t want anything to happen to them. If anything happens to them, only God knows what effect it would have on our mother, who is now on wheelchair because of their abduction.”
The Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige, did not pick his call when contacted for confirmation.
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