Halima, the new bride who was kidnapped with ten others on her way to the groom’s house in Kaduna State, has been freed after ransom payment.
PRNigeria gathered that Halima and her sister, Shafa’atu, who were kidnapped four days ago along Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road, regained their freedom around 8.40am Friday morning after relatives paid N1million to the abductors.
A family source close disclosed: “They were released after payment of one million naira to the kidnappers yesterday.
“The abductors kept the families in suspense for sixteen hours but around 0500 hours local time, they took the bride and her sister to the Mai unguwa of Tsohon (old) Birnin-Gwari.”
The groom. Abdullahi Wushishi, also confirmed the release and was en route Wushishi in Niger State around noon on Friday.
The bride and 10 escorts were abducted last Saturday at gunpoint by bandits in the area.
The bride, after the wedding, was being conveyed to her husband’s house by her friends and relatives when the gunmen stopped the vehicle and took them away.
A former chairman of the local government, who asked not to be named for security reasons, disclosed on phone that the gunmen operated freely.
He said: “They simply stopped a bus that was conveying the bride to her husband’s house with her relatives and friends numbering about 10.
“The incident took place about 55 kilometres from Birnin Gwari main town.
“Three of the people abducted, including a member of the bride’s entourage, escaped and returned to the town yesterday.
“The Funtua road is now a danger zone because at any point they (bandits) can strike. They operate with impunity along that highway because it is bordering Birnin Gwari and Katsina.
“Our vigilantes need little support to engage these bandits. The government needs to mobilise the vigilantes and support them to enable them discharge their duties effectively.”
In a similar development, two young men riding a motorcycle have been abducted along Uduwa community in Birnin Gwari with their abductors demanding N3 million ransom.
One of the victims is the son of the Deputy Imam of Uduwa village, it was gathered.
Birnin Gwari has witnessed several attacks by armed bandits.
11 soldiers were recently killed in the town by the bandits who attacked a military checkpoint.