Two National Youth Service Corps members from Benue State and others have regained freedom after spending days in kidnappers’ den, they were said to be on their way to orientation camp when they were abducted at Tsafe Local Government area of Zamfara State.
This was disclosed in a statement as released by Geoffrey Jimin, the social media aide to Governor Samuel Ioraer Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday morning the 27th of October, 2021.
“The development followed the collaborative efforts of the state government, Benue Links management and the families of the victims.
“Jennifer Awashima Iorliam and Joseph Zakaa were the NYSC members abducted on their way to Gusau, Zamfara state. Others include Sedoo Kondo, an undergraduate of Usman Danfodio University, who was on her way to school, Ruth Sesuur Tsokar, who was visiting a relative in Kebbi state and two brothers, Muhammudu Saminu and Safiam Muhammudu, who were on their way to Sokoto state, together with the corp members in a Benue Links vehicle. They all ended up in the Kidnappers’ den.”, the statement read in part.
The Kidnapped victims were released at about 6p.m on Tuesday according to the statement. Though no disclosure was made as to whether ransom was paid in securing their release.
Reacting on behalf of the Students’ Union of Benue State University, the SU secretary-general comrade Adih Cho Cho Raymond said, “It is a thing of joy that the kidnapped victims have been released. I thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to ensure their prompt release.” He further admonished government at all levels to ensure the safety of corp members and citizens; as this will ensure better service delivery to the nation.
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