Suspected terrorists have abducted four persons, a man, a woman and two children, in Kolo town, Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
PUNCH Metro after the abduction of the victims, the suspects demanded N10m ransom and discarded old naira notes.
An indigene of the area, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the bandits later reduced the ransom to N5m, adding that people in the village were trying to collect money to ensure the safe release of the victims.
“While we were trying to collect the money demanded by the terrorists, this morning they sent another message that they will not collect the old naira notes.
“They said they would keep the kidnapped people in their camps until the new naira notes are released in December,” Ibrahim said.
Calls to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, and the State Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, were heard.
Text messages sent to their cell phones were still unanswered at the time of filing this report.
In another incident on Tuesday, a politician of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Nduka Anyanwu, was abducted by gunmen in Imo State.
PUNCH Metro The gathered Anyanwu, who is one of the party’s House of Assembly candidates, was campaigning with his supporters when gunmen invaded the rally and drove him out.
Narrating how the abduction took place, a source said: “The man (Anyanwu) stopped him on the way as he was finishing up arrangements for his constituencies. We are yet to ascertain where he was taken and the kidnappers are yet to make contact.”
When contacted, APGA state chairman John Iwuala, who confirmed the kidnapping, said the politician had been released.
Iwuala said: “Yes, our candidate was kidnapped early this morning, but when we were about to report him officially, we heard that the kidnappers released him. The kidnappers collected everything he had with him as at the time of their abduction.’
State Police Public Relations Officer, Mike Abattam, said he was not yet aware of the incident.