Kidnappers demands N10m ‘protection money’ to prevent attack on Katsina village
A victim of kidnapping in Shinfida, Jibia Local government area of Katsina State, Hassan Musa Shinfida, has narrated his ordeal while in custody of his abductors, saying he was kidnapped by a gang which sold him to another group for N250,000, Vanguard report.
Eventually, the gang that bought him collected N1m ransom from his relatives before he regained his freedom.
Meanwhile, Shinfida took a message from his captors to his village head: Pay us N10m protection money or kidnapping in the area continues.
They equally sent a message through the victim to the military to come and collect a gun they took from soldiers in an ambush, after he said he was afraid of taking the gun.
Shinfida said his travails started when he was abducted by a 20-man gang on his way from Shinfida to neighbouring Gurbin Baure on a market day to sell his farm produce, 12 bags of sweet potatoes.
According to him, he was sold to another gang of kidnappers who, after interrogating him, concluded that he was a bad market because he told them he didn’t have money to pay ransom.