How Niger State Secretly Paid Millions Of Naira As Ransoms To Three Bandit Groups To Free Abducted Commissioner


A 34-year-old bandit leader in Niger State, Apabakura Dan-Makaranta, says that the government paid a ransom before Muhammed Sanni Idris, the state Commissioner for Information, was released, FIJ reports.

Idris was abducted in his home in Baban Tunga, Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State, on August 9, 2021. A few hours after his abduction, the terrorists demanded N500million from his family.

It was later reduced to N180million.

Dan-Makaranta said although the exact amount paid was unknown as three bandit groups were involved, his own group received N67 million from the state government.

“Your government lied to you because it wanted to bury its shame,” FIJ quoted the terrorist as saying.

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