After paying a ransom, five children of a former accountant general of Zamfara State, who were abducted in June, have been released.
In a phone interview with Radio Nigeria on Monday, Alhaji Abubakar Bello Furfuri said he paid a ‘huge’ amount of money to the abductors but did not specify how much.
“Alhamdulillah (thanks be to Allah) my children regained freedom I’m grateful to Allah who saved their lives, he said.
According to him, there was no indication that any of the five children had serious health problems.
He urged the government and other relevant authorities to step up efforts to guarantee public safety.
A more than two-minute video of the girls circulated on social media, in which the captors hung firearms and ammunition around their necks while explaining the motivation for the abduction.
In the video, a man spoke in the Hausa dialect and said that “they wanted to increase in number.” He gave no further explanation.
When one of the girls was asked to speak, she broke down in tears pleading with her father to come to save them.
The girls were held captive for 5 months.
Reporting by Abdulrazak Kaura; Editing by Saadatu Albashir