Bandits Threaten To Kidnap Emir, Demand N150m Ransom For Abducted Children, Grandchildren


The bandits who kidnapped children and grandchildren of the Emir of Kagarko in Kaduna State, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, have threatened to abduct the monarch if he fails to raise N150m ransom demanded for the abductees.

Recall that bandits on May 8, 2023, invaded the emir’s private house and whisked away three of his daughters and five grandchildren. But one of the grandchildren, Yusuf Sa’ad, escaped.

However, after the abductors discovered he knew some of them, they traced and killed him.

A source told Daily Trust that the leader of the bandits contacted the family and demanded N150m ransom as condition to release the victims.

“Since they abducted the emir’s daughters and grandchildren, they called up to five times but didn’t talk about ransom until last Thursday when their leader demanded N150m,” the source said.

He further said that the emir had since the incident stood his ground that he has no money to pay for ransom; a situation which he said angered the bandits’ leader who threatened to come after the emir if the family failed to raise the N150m.

The source added that troops and vigilantes had since the incident been combing forests to trace the bandits in order to rescue the victims.

The emirate’s Secretary, Yahaya Ibrahim, could not be reached for comment as his phone was not connected as at the time of filing this report.

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