David Arin, Jos – Suspected bandits, who abducted 44 Worshippers at Jumu’at mosque, in the Zugu area of Zamfara State, have killed one of the victims and released 43 others.
The deceased victim has been identified as 23-year-old Babangida Muhammadu.
Among those released were the children of a political party chieftain, Alhaji Junaidu, whose sons were abducted.
Upon their abduction on Friday, families of the victims reportedly gathered funds, to the tune of N5 million, demanded by the bandits.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Muhammed Shehu, who confirmed the release of the victims, however, denied knowledge of any reported incident of any dead victim
“The command is aware that all the victims have been released, but I am not aware that anyone was killed or that any ransom was paid”, he said, adding that the command was working to secure the state including worship centres.
He noted that the incident at Zugu happened because it is an outskirt area of the state with fewer inhabitants.
The Police added that the major issue is encountered in the state is that of Informants revealing relevant security information to the assailants.