Gusau – The bandits in Zamfara state have released Col Rabiu Garba Yandoto and his children after collecting N10 million as ransom.
The development was coming on Tuesday after the bandits released the victim and collected 10 million instead of 5 million.
Speaking to Punch on telephone shortly after the release, Yandoto said the bandits were given N10 million instead of the N5 million earlier mentioned.
“They collected N10 million and brought me together with my children near Faskari town in Katsina State and told us to find our way home.
“As I am speaking to you, we were released barely one hour ago and I thanked God that I was not killed while in the bandits’ camp.”
Yandoto however thanked all those who contributed to his release in one way or the other especially his family and friends.
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The victim and his two children were abducted by bandits along Gusau-Tsafe road when he was returning to his village few days ago.
Responding to questions asked, particularly about his abduction if it was politically motivated, Yandoto said, “I can’t rule out that possibility. I don’t want to say much about the issue now.”
One of his relatives name withheld said that the bandits called him and demanded N50 million ransom.
The money was reduced to N5 million, after series of negotiations between the bandits and the family.