Insecurity: 6 notable cases of kidnapping in Katsina in the last one month
Kidnapping for ransom was alien to Katsina State and its environs until recently when it became the vogue and a lucrative venture.
Hardly a day goes by without a reported incident of abduction. People now live in fear and go through sleepless nights.
When kidnapping for ransom started in Katsina, seven local government areas – Jibia, Danmusa, Safana, Dandume, Faskari, Sabuwa and Batsari – were mostly affected.
They are neighbouring the dreaded Rugu forest, which served as a hideout for bandits, rustlers and kidnappers.
Between November and December this year, there were notable and high profile kidnapping cases, below are some of them:
1. Ibrahim Musa Jabi, a manager at Shema Petroleum filling station, who was abducted in his house at Bakin Kasuwa, along Tsaakiya road in the night.
2. Zainab Musa, a dental technical student doing her industrial attachment at the Dutsin-Ma General Hospital, was also kidnapped at Maitsani village, along Dutsinma-Tsaskiya road.
3. A driver, Umarun Tafkin Alkali is still in captivity, while the two councillors of Safana Local Government Area, who were abducted together, were released after spending 26 days in captivity. A N50million ransom was placed on them, but sources said more than N4million was paid to get them released.
4. An elderly woman, Dudun Bawale of Unguwar Kudu was kidnapped but released after a day in captivity on the ground of what her captors called “mistaken identity.”
5. There was also a reported case of two undergraduates at the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma. Our correspondent gathered that the students, who were purportedly staying off campus, at Gidan Block, Kadangaru Quarters, were abducted around the state television and radio transmitter, along Katsina- Dutsin-Ma road.
However, in a reaction, the university described the story as “fake news”, saying they were not aware of the incident.
6. In Dabawa village, Shamsu Nomau, Sharbilu Nasiru and Abdulaziz Danlami were abducted on their way home. Danlami was, however, set free at the spot with N300,000, which he had on him, while the other two were whisked away. The kidnappers have since demanded N15million for the duo.