Abducted by bandits, Zamfara Judges regain freedom after paying N1 million ransom

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The two Zamfara State Sharia court judges kidnapped by bandits about two months ago have been released after paying N1 million each as ransom, a report has revealed.

The two judges, Salihu Abdullahi and Shafi’u Jangebe, were abducted on their way back to Zamfara from Maradi in the Niger Republic and were asked to pay N10 million each, but the money was not available.

When the bandits realized that, the judges could not produce the amount after several days in captivity, they finally called their relations and asked them to bring whatever they could afford.

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A brother to one of the released judges, Malam Hassan Samaru, said an N2 million was paid for the two judges.

“When the bandits realized that we could not meet their demand of N20 million, they finally called us and told us to bring whatever we have.

“We paid two million for the two judges and they were released.”

According to Samaru, seven other people who were in captivity along with the two judges had also paid various sums of money and were released.

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