Again, Bandits Release 30 Kidnapped Victims in Katsina


Francis Sardauna in Katsina

In furtherance of the rapprochement between Katsina State government and armed bandits, the repentant hoodlums have again released 30 kidnapped victims, mostly women and children, in their custody.

The bandits had earlier freed 21 captives from their camps, bringing the number of those who regained freedom as part of the ongoing dialogue between the bandits and government to 51.

The 30 freed captives, which include 15 children, mostly toddlers, 15 women and nursing mothers, were said to have been held hostage in Damsadau forest of Zamfara state by the bandits for more than five months before they regained freedom on Saturday night.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari who received the victims in his office at Government House, said negotiations were ongoing to make sure that the remaining captives were also released from their abductors.

He said: “We are also in touch with other bandits in neighbouring states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Kaduna with a view to…

Source: Thisday Newspaper