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Abductors of Emir of Kajuru demand N200m ransom



A RANSOM of N200 million has been demanded for the release of the Emir of Kajuru, Alhassan Adamu.

  Disclosing this to newsmen today, spokesperson of the Kajuru Emirate Council, Dahiru Abubakar said the demand has been made by the abductors.

  According to Mr Abubakar, the bandits also gave assurances that all the victims are in good condition and were not being molested.

  He said the council is still appealing to the bandits to release the 85-year-old monarch and his relatives unconditionally, especially giving his fragile health condition.

  The monarch was kidnapped by bandits in the wee hours of Sunday along with 13 of his family members, including two grandchildren.

  Meanwhile, one bandit was reportedly killed and some others injured in a shootout with soldiers during the attack on Emir’s palace, according to security sources in the local government.

  The sources said the bandits, during the operation, divided themselves into two, with one group engaging the soldiers in a gun battle, while the other group moved into the palace and later took the Emir and 14 others away into the forest.

  According to source, the bandits numbering over 200, arrived at the community on motorcycles in the early hours of Sunday morning through a nearby forest that stretches the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Kachia Local Government Area and started shooting sporadically before they were engaged by soldiers that were deployed to the area.

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