Don't curse bandits, my abductors - Freed Niger Commissioner

Muhammed Sani Idris, Commissioner for Information in Niger State, has been released by bandits.

Idris, who was abducted from his residence at Babban-Tunga, a community off Abuja/Kaduna highway, on Monday, was released on Thursday night.

After he regained freedom, the commissioner said he has forgiven his captors and urged that nothing bad should be spoken about them.

He claimed that the bandits told him they were contracted to kidnap him.

According to him, the gunmen revealed to him that the person who contracted them said he receives N200 million from the state governor every week.

“Allah has promised to test us… Those guys who kidnapped me, I have forgiven them. I don’t want anybody to curse them or say anything bad against them,” he said.

“They were crying when I left them. They said they regret kidnapping me. That they were contracted to kidnap me. They (kidnappers) were from Zamfara and the person who contracted them told them that the Governor gives me over 200 million naira monthly.

“They said the person told them that if I gave them less than N200 million, they shouldn’t release me.”

Our source said that the commissioner’s family sold some valuables to raise the ransom demanded by the bandits.

The kidnappers had demanded N500 million.

The publication, however, noted that the source was not sure of how much was paid to secure his release.

The source also said the state government, who had insisted on not paying ransom for the commissioner’s release, did not contribute to the ransom.

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