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Abuja residents plan protest over frequent kidnappings

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Residents of Sagwari Layout, Dutse, Abuja, are gearing up for a massive protest against what they perceive as the government and security agencies’ inaction in rescuing their kidnapped kin.

The protest, initially scheduled for Monday, has been rescheduled to Tuesday due to Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

The community has been pressed to the wall following the alarming situation of the abduction of ten persons from Sagwari Layout on January 7, with reports revealing that three of the victims have been killed by the kidnappers as a warning to their relatives involved in ransom negotiations.

According to residents, the bandits have raised their initial ransom demand from N60 million per person to a staggering N100 million, amounting to a total of N700 million.

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The victims were allegedly targeted due to delays in meeting the extortionate ransom demands of the kidnappers. Among the victims was 13-year-old high school student Folorunsho Ariyo.

The grim situation worsened over the weekend when reports emerged that two more abductees were killed by the kidnappers, prompting an increase in the ransom demand.

The bandits are now demanding N100 million per person.

This distressing development follows an earlier incident where one of the six abducted persons, Nabeeha Al-Kadriyar, was killed by the kidnappers to expedite the payment of the demanded ransom.

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Former Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Ali Pantami, revealed on Sunday that he had mobilized a balance of N50 million ransom for the Al-Kadriyar family to secure the release of their remaining five daughters after Nabeeha’s tragic death.

He tweeted on his X account, “I spoke with a friend and a brother who offered to pay the remaining 50 million Naira of the 60m immediately. I conveyed the account number of the father of our daughters, Mansoor Al-Kadriyar, to the friend and brother to send the money directly. Any additional amount earlier generated from yesterday, the father can use to treat the daughters and other family members in sha Allah.

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The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi stated on Sunday, that plans of action to rescue the abducted girls and arrest the bandits were underway.

Adjobi stated, “In the wake of the abduction of six young girls in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, it is vital to state that the Police Force has already initiated a comprehensive plan of action. The Force Headquarters is diligently coordinating efforts to address this and prevent any further occurrence, as all hands are on deck to rescue the victims.”

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