From Maiharaji Altine, Gusau
Bandits have demanded the sum of N50m for the release of the seven kidnapped children of Senator Marafa’s APC factional chairman, Maru local government in Zamfara state, Alhaji Sani Gyare Kadauri.
Recall that, the seven children; Bashar, Abubakar, Haruna, Habibah, Sufyanu, Mubarak and Armiya,u were kidnapped by bandits last Friday in kadauri village of Maru local government area of the state.
Speaking to Analyzer news on phone yesterday, Gyare stated that, the bandits have called him and told him to bring the sum of N50m as ransom or forget his children.
“They called me and asked me to pay N50m for the release of the seven children warning that, they will kill them if the money is not paid on time”.
When asked whether he has contacted the relevant authorities on the issue, Gyare said, “There is no need for me to see them since they are aware of what happened to me and nobody has sympathized with me”.
Gyare said, “Even the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru who happens to be from my local government area, neither came to my house to sympathize with me, nor called me on phone”.
He further explained that the chairman of Maru local government area, Alhaji Salisu Dangulbi also didn’t console him on the incident and didn’t send any of his representatives to do so.
“I feel highly disenfranchised, i feel like I am a complete stranger and I don’t know what to do at the moment because I can’t afford the amount demanded by these heartless people”. Said Gyare.
He stressed that he could not generate such huge sum of money even if he sold all his property, lamenting that, “I explained this to the bandits on phone but they only laughed at me”.
Gyare expressed disgust over the nonchalant attitude of the relevant authorities towards the protection of lives and properties of the people of the country.
“We are in a state of sorrow where innocent people are kidnapped or killed on daily basis and the authorities are not paying much attention to this”. He said.
He said, his seven children were kidnapped by bandits without much pressure from the security agents who were alerted on what was happening in the village.
According to him, when the bandits entered into his village, the police were informed of the incident but they didn’t report to the scene until after three hours when the bandits have finished their operation and left.
He therefore called on both the state and the federal government to come to his aide and rescue his seven children.
He also appealed to the public to pray for the safe return of his kidnapped children.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the state police command ,SP Mohammed Shehu said he was aware of the kidnapped children but was not aware of the N50m ransom demanded by the bandits.