- Some Muslims worshippers who were kidnapped in Katsina have been released
- The Muslim faithful were kidnapped in their mosque on Monday, May 11
- According to the report, they escaped from their abductors after spending days in the kidnappers' den
A report by Channels TV indicates that at least 11 persons, including an infant, abducted from the Jibia mosque in Katsina state have regained freedom.
Legit.ng gathered that the worshippers were earlier abducted on Monday, May 11, at a mosque located in the outskirt of Jibiya town of Katsina state while observing midnight prayers.
The report says that a local resident, Fahad Mukhtar stated that the victims escaped from their abductors on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13, in the Zurmi local government area of the neighboring Zamfara state.
Eyewitness account noted that their release was facilitated by a woman married to one of the bandits who untied them where they were kept and asked them to run away.
It was gathered that those who escaped include eight males and three females, adding that the only victim left is a nursing mother whose infant was rescued but she could not make it because her legs were swollen and she couldn’t run.
The report also revealed that the abductors are now demanding N10million ransom before they release her.
The police authorities in the state are yet to confirm the incident.
The Nigerian Army days after the news of the abduction said the troops of 17 Brigade and police officers prevented bandits from abducting several worshippers in the Jibia local government area of Katsina.
Mohammed Yerima, the Military spokesperson had in a statement on Tuesday, May 12, disclosed that a large number of bandits came firing sporadically in an attempt to disrupt the prayers and abduct worshippers from Magama Central Mosque.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted Mayomi Ogedengbe, a pastor of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
It was reported that the hoodlums whisked the cleric away after they invaded his church in Irese, a community near Akure, Ondo state capital.
The spokesperson of the Ondo state police command, Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the development in a statement.