How Niger State Secretly Paid Millions Of Naira As Ransoms To Three Bandit Groups To Free Abducted Commissioner







Idris was abducted in his home in Baban Tunga, Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State, on August 9, 2021. A few hours after his abduction, the terrorists demanded N500million from his family.






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A 34-year-old bandit leader in Niger State, Apabakura Dan-Makaranta, says that the government paid a ransom before Muhammed Sanni Idris, the state Commissioner for Information, was released, FIJ reports.

Idris was abducted in his home in Baban Tunga, Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State, on August 9, 2021. A few hours after his abduction, the terrorists demanded N500million from his family.

It was later reduced to N180million.

Dan-Makaranta said although the exact amount paid was unknown as three bandit groups were involved, his own group received N67 million from the state government.

“Your government lied to you because it wanted to bury its shame,” FIJ quoted the terrorist as saying.

“Of course, the government paid. They paid more than N67 million. We were three groups involved in the commissioner’s abduction, and when he would be released, N67 million was paid to our group. I can’t say what they paid the leaders of the other groups.

“The people who brought the money told us in a forest around Kagara that it was from the state governor, but they begged us to keep it a secret.”

Dan-Makaranta also dismissed a rumour that his group had killed Abdulhameed Ibrahim, the district head of Yakila, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of the state, kidnapped over a year ago.

After spending four days with his abductors, Idris was released on August 12. Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of the state, had rejected the ransom option during several meetings held on the commissioner’s abduction, following its abolishment during heated negotiations to rescue kidnapped students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, in 2021.

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