- Families of nine ABU Zaria students kidnapped have been lifting the lids on petrifying encounters with the abductors
- A father said he sold all his valuable items to get the ransom demanded by the kidnappers as a prerequisite for his daughter's freedom
- Another father whose daughter was a victim said the kidnappers demanded drinks, milk with cash as conditions for release
Families of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) French students abducted on Sunday, November 15, on their way to French Village in Lagos have been speaking on their encounter with the kidnappers.
The students, Legit.ng recalls, were intercepted between Akilubu and Gidan Busa Road along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
Speaking with the press on Sunday, November 22, one of the fathers of the students said he sold his goats, pigs and other belongings to pay the ransom.
Another parent also claimed that apart from the ransom, the kidnappers demanded that they bring maltina and milk.
A family source also claimed that some parents paid N1 million, some paid over N1 million, some paid N2 million, some paid over N500,000 "depending on how each parent bargain with the kidnappers because they spoke separately with us."
According to them, the kidnappers threatened to kill the girls, "marry them or use them as s'ex slaves" if the parents failed to bring the ransom and other items demanded.
One of the victims' father said:
"They said I should pay N1 million but I told them that I cannot afford to raise that amount. I told them I have over N500, 000 and they asked me to bring it. I sold my goats, pigs and other belongings to pay the money."
In related news, Philip Shekwor, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa state, was kidnapped.
Shekwor was kidnapped by gunmen on Saturday night, November 21, at his residence along Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia. The kidnappers were yet to establish contact with members of the APC chieftain.
However, the safe release of the APC leader was abortive as he was later found dead.
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