Dan-Aji community of Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State has said that the Zamfara State Government lied by claiming that no ransom was paid to secure 26 girls abducted by bandits
According to Daily Trust, sources said that the girls were randomly picked from houses in Garin Aja on October 13, 2020, only to be released on November 6. The community shares a border with Zamfara State.
“Those abducted included girls and spinsters. The bandits moved from house to house and selected their victims,” one of the sources said.
“The abductors did not bother to pick children or the old; they carefully selected girls and young women who either lost their husbands or divorced. They also asked their parents to pay a ransom and get their wards back. The parents complied because they want their children back and safely,” another source said.
The Zamfara State Government delegation, led by the Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, handed over the 26 girls to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari at the weekend.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication, Zailani Bappa, said last night that the girls were released after negotiations and dialogue with the armed bandits.
Governor Bello Matawalle had earlier tweeted: “I interacted with 26 rescued girls after medical professionals have ascertained their physical and mental fitness following days of trauma suffered in kidnappers den.
“The young girls kidnapped from Katsina State were rescued on 6/11/2020 as a result of our intervention.”