A series of kidnappings took place in the region of Zamfara state of Nigeria during recent months. From December 2020 onwards up to now more than 1000 have been kidnapped with the intention of demanding ransom from the families of the victims.
Even though most of the victims have been released after pay the demanded ransom, some have been killed by the abductors.
100 women and children including mothers nursing infants were abducted on 8th June 2021 by Bandits. Even though the Zamfara state government took prompt measures to rescue the victims, the efforts were not successful. 4 people were also killed by the abductors in the incident.
Somehow they have been released yesterday (20) without the payment of ransom demanded. The reason for the release of these 100 victims without ransom, is not clear so far. Even though the authorities of Zamfara state government had been questioned over the release without paying the demanded ransom, they did not give further details about the release other than the release without paying ransom.
The rescued victims are undergoing medical checkups and will be questioned to get possible details of the abductors before they return to their homes.
This region is highly vulnerable for armed robbers and cattle rustlers engaged in abduction and robberies who are largely motivated by money. 276 school girls were abducted Boko Haram Islamist militants in Borno state in 2014 and from that incidents onwards more armed groups have resorted to mass abduction of students
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military forces to apprehend every sorts of abductors operating in Zamfara and the neighboring states of Kaduna and Katsina.
During a recent raid carried out jointly by the Army and Air force troops, a plan was shot down by criminals on the border of Zamfara and Kaduna states.
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