‘Ransom demand of N40trn, 11 Hilux vans, 150 motorcycles by kidnappers in Kaduna outrageous’

In a shocking turn of events, kidnappers have abducted 16 individuals from Gonin Gora, Kaduna State, and are now demanding an exorbitant ransom of N40 trillion for their release.

The community leader, John Yusuf, revealed in an interview with the press on Monday, March 11, 2024, that the perpetrators have also requested 11 Hilux vans and 150 brand new motorcycles as part of the conditions for freeing the hostages. 

This brazen act highlights the escalating threat of kidnapping in the region and underscores the urgent need for decisive action to combat such criminal activities.

“The bandits have contacted us. They are demanding for N40 trillion, 11 Hilux vans and 150 motorcycles for the release of 16 people they are holding captive.

“Where are we going to get this kind of money! Even if we sell the entire community, we cannot raise N40 trillion. Even Nigeria as a country has never made a budget of N40 trillion,” Yusuf said.

The community leader who disclosed that the terrorists invaded the community two times within a week, said: “The abductions happened twice within four days interval.

“During the first attack, three people were kidnapped while in the second attack 13 people were abducted bringing the total number of people being held captive to 16.”

Yusuf said the vast bushes bordering the community and Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state have provided safe haven for the bandits.

He called for the establishment of a military base in the area to check the activities of the criminals.

“We are pleading with the government to come to our aid by establishing a military base behind our community where the bandits take advantage of the bushes to invade our community.

“From our community down to Birnin Gwari which is over 150 kilometres is a stretch of bush. We also have another stretch of bushes from Gonin Gora down to Niger state.

“So when the criminals have free access through the bushes to our community. We are pleading with government to help us,” the community leaders pleaded.

Yusuf praised the Nigerian Army for their efforts in containing the bandits. “The army are really trying, despite the fact that they are seriously overstretched. Whenever we make distressed calls they come.

“But the problem is that before they reach the community, the bandits would have done what they wanted and left.”

It would be recalled that last Wednesday, some terrorists invaded Anguwan Auta, community in Gonin Gora, killed two people and abducted three others.

About four days after, the criminals returned and abducted 13 more people.

Hundreds of youths in the area had protested against the first attack, blocking the busy Kaduna – Abuja highway, which passes through Gonin Gora.
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