From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
Parents of the 26 girls of Katsina State origin abducted by bandits and rescued by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state said they didn’t pay any ransom to bandits for the release of their children.
Addressing journalists in Gusau yesterday, the parents who were represented by Alhaji Abdulkarim of Dan, aji village of Faskari local government said there was nothing paid to bandits by the parents of the girls as speculated by some people.
Abdulkarim said, when their daughters were abducted, the bandits had demanded for ransom amounting to millions of Naira and the parents were not able to meet the demands due to financial constraints.
“They wanted each of us to pay the sum of one million naira and we could not raise the money, as such we resorted to prayers”.
“Then suddenly wẹ learnt that, Governor Matawalle had intervened and rescued the girls. We remain very grateful to him for his kind intervention”.
He appealed to members of the public to stop spreading rumors, concluding that, “We didn’t pay anything”.
Another speaker who spoke at the occasion, Alhaji Sani Musa Wanzammai, a permanent commissioner with the Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission ( ZAIEC ) said he witnessed the reconciliation process between the bandits and the state government.
He said that there was no payment of any ransom paid to bandits, stressing that even the money to transport the girls to their village at the time of their release was borrowed from someone and not yet paid.