JUST IN: Abuja kidnappers kill 3 of 10 victims, raise ransom from N60m to N700m

Kidnappers, who abducted 10 people from Sagwari Estate Layout at Dutse in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on January 7, 2024, have killed two more of the abductees to send a strong warning to their relatives negotiating ransom payment.

The development came even as it was gathered that the bandits have now increased their demand from the initial N60 million per person to N100 million, now totaling N700 million.

Residents said the victims were allegedly killed over the delay in raising the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

It was also gathered that a 13-year-old secondary school student, identified as Folorunsho Ariyo, was among those killed.

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Only on Sunday, reports emerged that the kidnappers, who also operated in some villages in Bwari, had killed one of the six abducted persons to force the family into quickly raising the demanded ransom.

Dutse is a town under the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Pressed to the wall, residents of Sagwari Layout have perfected plans to stage a massive protest against the perceived inaction of the government and security agencies in rescuing their kin.

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Initially planned for Monday, the protest was shifted to Tuesday as a result of Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

Earlier,the former minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami said his friend has offered to pay N50m to rescue five sisters abducted by gunmen in Abuja.

He disclosed this in a statement via his X page (formerly known as Twitter) @ProfIsaPantami, on Sunday, January 14.

Pantami said he is personally not in support of paying ransom to criminals but became necessary after the gun killed one of the girls, Nabeeha.


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