Bandits demand new naira as ransom after kidnapping villagers in Zamfara

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Bandits seemed to have adopted a new monetary policy. They have demanded for new naira notes as ransom after kidnapping at least four persons in Kolo village, in the Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The bandits, according to reports, who requested N10m ransom to release the victims consisting of a man, woman, and two children rejected the old naira notes.

An indigene in the area, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the bandits later reduced the ransom to N5m, adding that people in the village had been trying to raise the money to secure the safe release of the victims.

“As we were trying to gather the money demanded by the terrorists, they sent another message this morning that they would not collect old naira notes.

“They said they would keep the abducted persons in their camps until the release of the new naira notes in December,” Ibrahim said.

Calls made to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, and the state Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, rang out.

Text messages sent to their mobile numbers were yet to be responded to as of the time of filing this report.

In another development the Central Bank of Nigeria on Wednesday unveiled the redesigned Naira notes.

Buhari unveiled the new currency notes on Wednesday morning before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the state house, Abuja.



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