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Bandits free Abuja chief’s son after collecting solar panel as ransom

Bandits have set free the son of the Village Head of Tekpeshe in Gurdi Ward of Abaji Area Council in the FCT, Ibrahim Sarki, after…

Bandits have set free the son of the Village Head of Tekpeshe in Gurdi Ward of Abaji Area Council in the FCT, Ibrahim Sarki, after his family bought a solar panel, drugs and foodstuff worth N436,700 for them.

City & Crime had reported that the bandits, on September 9, 2022, invaded Tekpeshe and abducted a former councillor, Mohammed Ibrahim Tanko, and 16 others, including the village head’s son.

Bandits free Abuja chief’s son after collecting solar panel, drugs from family

Bandits free Abuja chief’s son after collecting solar panel as ransom

The bandits later released the ex- councillor and the 16 others, held back the chief’s son and demanded N8m for his freedom.

After weeks in captivity, the bandits last week threatened to indoctrinate the chief’s son if his family failed to raise the N8m.

Confirming the release of the chief’s son through telephone on Wednesday, the Waziri of Tekpeshe, Ibrahim Tanko, said he was released on Tuesday at about 9pm at a forest in neigbouring Zago village in Niger State.

He said after several pleadings, the bandits asked his family to buy a solar panel, drugs and foodstuff for them before the victim would be released.

He explained that, “The entire members of the community had to gather money, with some selling their goats, including motorcycles, to raise N500,000 used in buying the items.”

He added that the victim was receiving treatment in a hospital in Kwali.

Spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, DSP Adeh Josephine, was yet to reply to an SMS about the development