Kidnappers demand N40m ransom for 12 NULGE members


The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of 12 of its members working with the Zaria Local Government who were kidnapped on November 8, 2021.

The union, which decried the silence of the Kaduna State government since their abduction, said the abductors had asked for N40 million as ransom.

National President of NULGE, Comrade Akeem Ambali Olatunji, who briefed reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, warned that the union would be left with no option but to take drastic action nationwide if her plea for the release of the workers fell on deaf ears.

According to the NULGE president, nine of the 12 workers were nursing mothers and married women, stressing that urgent action must be taken to secure their release without delay.

He said one out of the 12 – a driver – was released to report to the families.

“These workers have been in captivity of kidnappers since 8th of November 2021 thereby causing untold hardship in the mind of the family and the union leadership.

“We are disturbed because Kaduna State government kept mute till now as if all was well, when it has become dangerous for workers to go to work within official work hours or move about within the local government or the state; it calls for great concern.

“This is one of the reasons why NULGE has been canvassing for total freedom for local governments. Our belief is that if local governments are made functional and are directly funded, LGAs have what it takes to tame the tide of insecurity in rural areas.

We believe that all security challenges are local, this has further amplified our clamour for the actualisation of local government autonomy.

“In a state that people are being kidnapped here and there, the state government appears to be helpless. This calls for concern.

We, therefore, make a serious appeal to the government of Kaduna State to make it a matter of urgency and importance the need to work assiduously towards the release of our members in good health.

“Workers must have the freedom to work, to move about within their locality. So we are therefore sounding this as our first plea, if this is not done, the union would not wait and watch our helpless members being harassed, kidnapped, raped and killed.

“The kidnappers have contacted the families of their victims and are demanding for N40m ramson for the remaining 12 persons. 13 of them were kidnapped in a local government official vehicle and one of them was freed, the driver to go and tell the families.”

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