At about 11-12 Midnight, 9 days ago, a village called Nuhutuko just a few meters away from the Capital city of Minna, in the neighboring Bosso LGA of Niger state, was attacked by suspected kidnappers.
In the Mileu that ensued two persons were shot (later treated at IBB speacialist hospital) another was kidnapped, families with children ran for their lives and became IDPs at a near by Primary School.
Mubarak Usman, a 22 years old man, full of energy was taken away against his wish, a day later, the kidnappers called to demand a ransome of N5m from the poor family.
The family couldn’t afford it, the kidnappers called later to lower the ransom to N3m.
Since then the family has fixed a tax on all family members to raise the money.
The family of Mubarak have been directed to meet up with the family of another Kidnapped victim who was taken two days after the kidnap of Mubarak, in Maikunkele, another Suburb just about 10kilometers away from Minna too, so as to know the point of delivery of the ransom.
I spoke with the Bosso local Government council Chairman, Mr. Abubakar Gwamna, he said he is in touch with the family of Mubarak, I sought to know what the local Government council is doing about the kidnapped victim, he said he cannot discuss it over the phone, I also asked him if he was aware there is a demand of N3m ransom from the family, he said “it is contrary to the information available to me”.
The Niger state police command could not be immediately reached for comments, though it has promised to flush out criminal elements from the state in a New year message.
A family source who doesn’t want his name in the news said the family has being very worried and disiturbed since the incidence, “We are worried and disturbed, we have resigned to prayers and family contributions to save our brother” the source added.
The Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, in a new year message signed and released by spokesperson, Mary Noel-Berje, said, “Security wise, he said, both the State and Federal Government are working hard and evolving fresh strategies toward bringing it to an end, expressing displeasure over how banditry and kidnapping has made life unbearable for the people.”
Only yesterday, Governor Sani Bello made a stopover to condole with the people of Madaka Village of Rafi LGA over the Kidnap and Murder of the Village head by kidnappers.