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Published On: Fri, Oct 18th, 2019

Abducted Kaduna principal regains freedom

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The kidnapped principal of Government Technical College in Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr Francis Maji has been released by his abductors.
Mr. Maji was abducted from his residence inside the college by gunmen who broke into his apartment last Thursday.
Though, no figure was quoted, but it was gathered that, a huge sum was paid as ransom before he was released.
A source in the school told our correspondent that, the kidnappers dropped the principal at a location in the early hours of yesterday after they received the ransom.
Meanwhile, armed bandits suspected to be kidnappers have killed one person and abducted five others including a primary school head teacher during two separate attacks in some villages in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the Benue State.
The gunmen were said to have attacked a filling station in Doka village along Funtua road at about 1:00pm on Wednesday, shot one of the attendants to death, injured two others and later took another two away.
Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards, Ibrahim Nagwari in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday identified the abducted Head Teacher as AbdulHafiz Abdullahi of Dangamji Primary School.
He disclosed that the bandits also wounded three members of a local vigilante group.
However, Kaduna State Police Command was yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing this report.
The Birnin Gwari Vanguard’s statement lamented that, the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road has been deserted, while the entire Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari neighboring Zamfara and Katsina States is now surrounded by armed bandits who attack both travellers and villagers almost on a daily basis.
They said, many travellers were abducted in another attack on Polwaya and Gayam village at about 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

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