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Nursing mother, two sisters in terrorists den

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By Kosi Chukwuagolum, Enugu

A NURSING mother and her two sisters who were kidnapped by terrorists for more than 50 days are still languishing in their abductors den for inability to pay ₦50 million ransom demanded.

  The victims’ family while raising alarm over the matter in Kaduna, told newsmen that they have been traumatized following the abduction of the sisters by bandits.

  Speaking on behalf of the family, Malam AbdulWahab Yusuf, beckon on both the federal and Kaduna State Governments to come to the aid of the family to ensure their daughters, including the nursing mother and her baby, were released unhurt.

  Bandits were reported to have invaded the Mando general area in Igabi Local Government Area of the State and abducted the three sisters, including the eldest one who was heavily pregnant then, on July 17, 2022.

  She gave birth while in the terrorists’ den.

  The development, Yusuf said, had thrown the entire family into confusion over the matter.

  He further noted that there was no way the family could raise the ₦50million being demanded by the terrorists as ransom to free the nursing mother and her two sisters.

  The agitated father said, “on July 17, 2022 in Mando, on the outskirt of Kaduna, the bandits broke into the house. I ran out and jumped the back fence but my three daughters were kidnapped and taken to the forest.

  “They were in the family house, tending to their sick mother. Their mother, who could walk unaided before their capture, has now been confined to the wheelchair due to the trauma of her children’s abduction.

  “Initially, the bandits demanded for N140m but now they have reduced the ransom to N50 million. The family has been adversely affected by the trauma.

  “My wife, who was able to walk unaided before the incident, now use wheelchair. We just carried out a surgery on her. I have not been myself. I cannot sleep. Once its night, I don’t know how my body feels.”

  The elder brother to the victims, Kabir Yusuf, while speaking pleaded with the bandits over the ₦50million ransom which the family could not afford and the plea for the terrorist to release the victims on compassionate grounds fell on deaf ears.

  In his words:  the bandits became angry when we told them that we are poor, but they warned that if we don’t have the N50 million ready, we should not call them again.”

  He appealed to the Federal and State Government and well meaning Nigerians to assist the family in securing the release of their sisters currently in captive.

  He said, “We are appealing to the Federal and Kaduna State Governments, charity organisations, philanthropists and well spirited individuals to assist us in securing their release.

  “We don’t want anything to happen to them, if anything happens to them only God knows what effect it would have on our mother, who is now on wheelchair because of their abduction.”

  On his part, husband to the nursing mother, Mohammed Alabi said his wife gave birth at the kidnappers’ den on August 2, adding that they were yet to receive any medical attention.

  “The baby used to cry from night till morning inside the forest. We learnt they were being maltreated, flogged. We are all dying emotionally and physically. We are appealing to whoever God will use to secure their release, to assist us” he added.

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