Abductors of 7 NYSC members in Zamfara demand fresh N200m after receiving N13m ransom

The situation involving the kidnapping of eight Akwa Ibom State graduates in Zamfara State has taken a troubling turn, with the kidnappers now demanding an additional N200 million as ransom. This comes after the victims’ families had already paid N13 million in the hopes of securing their release.

The victims, who were on their way to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Sokoto State, were abducted on August 17. It is a distressing development for their families who had already struggled to gather the initial ransom amount.

A family member of one of the victims shared the grim news, expressing concern about how they would raise such a substantial sum. The families had already made significant sacrifices to gather the initial N13 million, including selling land and taking loans. The sudden demand for an additional N200 million has left them feeling helpless.

The absence of government assistance in this situation has compounded the difficulties faced by the families. The escalation of ransom demands by kidnappers further underscores the grave security challenges posed by such criminal activities in certain regions of Nigeria. The families are left with a difficult and heartbreaking dilemma as they strive to secure the release of their loved ones.

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