Two Zamfara State Sharia court judges kidnapped by bandits about two months ago have regained freedom after paying one million naira each.
The two judges, Salihu Abdullahi and Shafi’u Jangebe, were kidnapped by bandits on their way back to Zamfara from Maradi in Niger Republic.
The bandits asked them to pay N10m each, but the money was not available.
When the bandits realised that the two judges could not produce the amount after over 60 days in captivity, they finally called their relations and asked them to bring whatever they could afford.
A brother to one of the released judges, Malam Hassan Samaru, said, “When the bandits realised that we could not meet their demand of N20m, they finally called us and told us to bring whatever we have.
“We paid two million for the two judges and they were released.”
He also disclosed that seven other people who were kidnapped along with the two judges had also paid various sums of money and had been released.