Bandits are demanding N50m as ransom to effect the release of the seven kidnapped children of the factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Gyare Kadauri Sani.
The victims are Bashar, Abubakar, Haruna, Habibah, Sufyanu, Mubarak and Armiya, were all kidnapped by bandits last Friday in Kadauri village.
According to Gyare, the bandits called him and told him to provide the money or forget seeing his children again.
He spoke: "They called me and asked me to pay N50m for the release of the seven children and warned that they would kill them if the money were not paid on time."
Asked if he had made contacts with the relevant authorities in respect of the development, Gyare said: “There is no need for me to see them since they are aware of what happened to me and nobody has sympathised with me. 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 sympathise with me nor called me on the phone.”
According to him, even the chairman of the local government council, Alhaji Salisu Dangulbi, had not reached out to him.
Said he: “I feel highly disturbed; I feel like I am a stranger and I don’t know what to do at the moment, because I can’t afford the amount being demanded by these heartless people."
He maintained he could not raise the amount being demanded by the bandits even if he sold all his property, adding “I explained this to the bandits on the phone, but they only laughed at me.”