6 Kuje kidnap victims released after paying ransom

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Six persons out of the 10 abducted by unknown gunmen at Pegi and Dafara community in Kuje area Council of the Federal Capital Territory have been released by their abductors.

The FCT Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah who confirmed the rescue assured that the command with other security agencies in the FCT would ensure that all the victims are set free.

He also revealed that a joint operation of all the security agencies have been set up.

The PPRO also called on the residents to be calm and support the ongoing operation with useful information to the police.

“The police are reassuring the public that it will not relent on its effort until the activities of these hoodlums and other crimes are permanently checked.

“Further steps are also being made to engage relevant stakeholders in various communities as part of renewed effort to check this crime,” the statement read in part.

According to the Chief of Pegi community, Irimiah Sarki who also confirmed the development, ransom was paid by families of some of the victims before their release.

“Six people so far have been released by the kidnappers and the victims have reported to my palace.

“Some paid N3 million, N2 million, N1 million and some N800,000 depending on the negotiations with the kidnappers.

“One of them, an Okada rider, whose family could not pay any ransom, was seriously beaten and injured by the kidnappers,” he said.

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