Abuja: To release pregnant woman, 6 others, kidnappers demand food items, N290m

Bandits who abducted seven residents of Kuduru, a neighbouring community of Bwari Area Council in Abuja, have demanded for N290 million ransom to release the hostages. 

The dreaded kidnappers are also demanding for food stuff like bags of Rise, Spaghetti and Yams among others.

The residents, including a pregnant woman, three children and four adults, who have spent one month and four days in captivity were abducted on December 28 at the Kuduru extention by the bandits.

According to a leader of the community who did not want to be named, the bandits have threatened to kill two out of the victims if the N290 million is not paid on time.

He said the abductors also demanded for food items, drugs, bed sheets and cardigans.

“They have reached out to us to bring N290 million to secure their release or that they will kill two of them. We have a pregnant woman and three children among them,” he said.

“They asked us to bring bags of rice, packs of Indomie, cough syrups,  antibiotics, bedsheets and cardigans for the bandits’ use.

They insist that the N290 million ransom must be complete for them to let our people go.”

He pleaded with Kayode Egbetokun, the inspector-general of police (IGP) and Taoreed Lagbaja, the chief of army staff, to come to the rescue of the hostages. 

“We know that they are trying their best but we plead with them to rescue our families like they did to the six sisters and the Ariyos,” he said.

“We understand that these people are already falling sick in captivity because of the harsh weather and the treatment there.”