For the release of kidnapped NYSC personnel, bandits seek N4 million

Over eight members of the National Youth Service Corps, or NYSC, were kidnapped by gunmen who are believed to be bandits and were later released after paying a four million Naira ransom.

The eight Corps members were reportedly abducted by militants last Friday along a highway in Zamfara State.

The young people were reportedly traveling in an AKTC bus from Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, to Sokoto State to complete the required National Service when robbers ambushed and kidnapped their vehicle.

Emmanuel Eket, the father of one of the abducted victims, claimed in a telephone interview that Glory Thomas had been keeping him and his family informed of the most recent activities in the bandits’ camps.

He claimed that the bandits called him on her phone and informed him of the kidnapping of his daughter, demanding N4 million as ransom.

“They contacted me and gave me her number, asking for N4 million. When I questioned how they wanted us to pay, they permitted me to talk with my daughter, who advised us to get in touch with the AKTC, the guy continued.

They haven’t phoned since, and I haven’t talked to my daughter either. My daughter hasn’t called me, so I’m not sure if they’ve been freed.

According to xandertech, the Zamfara State Police Command has not commented on the kidnapping.

A military source who wished to remain unnamed, however, verified the kidnapping and mentioned that a rescue team was actively searching the woodland to find the victims unharmed.

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