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Boko Haram has demanded N28 million ransom for 52 persons they abducted from Kwapre, a community in Hong council area of Adamawa State.
The insurgents who initially asked for N30 million, allowed a reduction of N2 million, which they described as a discount for the rural Kwapre community.
The insurgents stormed Kwapre last month, killing seven persons, seizing 52 others who are mostly women, and forcing several others to flee the community.
Little was heard of the 52 that the insurgents took away in the April 9 invasion until royal fathers disclosed to visiting government officials on Wednesday that the insurgents had asked for and insisted on a collective ransom of N28 million.
Village Head of Kwapre, Joel Kulaha, told the government officials that the insurgents called to give the community a discount of N2 million out of the N30 million demanded earlier.
“Accordingly, they have demanded that we pay them N28 million ransom before our people would be released,” the village head said.
Lamenting that the community does not have that kind of money, the village head said, “We are really pleading because it’s been one month now since 52 persons, including women and children, were forcibly taken from this community.”
The ward heads of Kwapre 1 and Kwapre 1A, Sabon Gari, Kwapre Central, Hayin Rafi, and Unguwan Masalaci Usman Yarda, Abenego Bitrus, Naptali Gabriel, Saidu Dauda, Silas Apolos and Jonah Gayus, also spoke.
The royal fathers thanked Governor Ahmadu Fintiri for delegating the officials led by Speaker of the House of Assembly Aminu Iya Abbas to condole with them.
They begged government to ensure the safe return of their relatives from the Boko Haram captors.