Thursday, 21 October 2021

Bandits Kidnap Corper On Her Way To NYSC Camp In Zamfara


Two prospective corps members from Benue State alongside two others have been reportedly kidnapped in Zamfara State.

The four victims were said to have been abducted at Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday.

The kidnapped victims are identified as Joseph Zaaka Aondona, Sedoo Gundu, Jennifer Awashima Iorliam and Sechivir.

The passengers numbering eight were said to be travelling on Benue Links (a bus belonging to Benue State transport company) when the vehicle was intercepted by bandits in Zamfara State.

Elder Sister of one of the victims, Sember Iorliam told our correspondent on the phone that her sister, Jennifer Awashima Iorliam, a graduate of Benue State University was posted to Kebbi State for her one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps schem when the vehicle she boarded from Makurdi was intercepted by bandits.

She said, “I was told that eight passengers were in the vehicle including the driver but four of the passengers including the driver escaped.

“It was this morning (Thursday) that they contacted me through my sister phone and demanded N2m from each of the victims and they said that was the last.

“When the incident happened, we were able to contact the driver who said that he had reported the incident to the police.

“We went to the park (Benue Links park) and they confirmed to us that one of their vehicles was intercepted and promised to get back to us but as at this time (4:35 pm) they are yet to tell us anything.

“Two of those kidnapped, male and female were going for NYSC orientation, another female kidnapped is a student of Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto while the other girl is visiting relatives and they are all Benue indigenes.

When contacted on the phone, the spokesperson of the organization, Martina Iorchir said she was on leave and could not answer questions on the incident.

“Am driving and not in position to answer your question, am on leave,” as she banged the phone on our correspondent.

The Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Alexander Shaapera said she could not reach the General Manager of the organization on phone.

“I tried her (GM) phone but she didn’t pick my call,” the Commissioner said


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