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Abduction of 8 Prospective Corps Members: Kidnappers Make Demand


Abduction of 8 Prospective Corps Members: Kidnappers Make Demand

Suspected kidnappers terrorising some parts of North West have demanded N4 million in ransom for the release of one of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members kidnapped in Zamfara State.

On Friday, armed gunmen reportedly kidnapped eight members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) along a highway in Zamfara State.

The graduates were alleged­ly traveling in an Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) bus from Uyo, Akwa Ibom, to Sokoto State to participate in the mandated national service when their vehicle was stopped.

Emmanuel Etteh, the father of one of the victims, Glory Thomas, confirmed the latest development to an online medi­um, in a telephone conversation on Friday.

Etteh said the bandits called with their number to inform him about the abduction of his daughter and asked him to pay N4 million to secure her release.

“They called me with their line; they asked me to pay N4 million. I spoke with my daugh­ter because I asked how they wanted us to pay; she said we should contact the AKTC,” the troubled father said.

“Since that time, they have not called and I have not spoken with my daughter. I don’t know if they have released them but my daughter has not called me.”

The police command in Zamfara State has not passed any comment on the abduc­tion.

However, a military source who preferred anonymity had earlier confirmed the bandits’ ransom demands, adding that a rescue team is currently comb­ing the forest in order to rescue the victims unhurt.

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