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Masari receives 30 abducted victims

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Saturday received another batch of 30 persons, who were released by suspected bandits.

Masari was told that eight of the victims were from Kankara Local Government Area of the state while 18 were from Shimfida in Jibiya LGA.

The LGs of the remaining four victims were not disclosed.

One of the repentant bandits who brought the victims to Government house, Katsina (name withheld), explained that the victims were hitherto held at Damsadau forest in Zamfara State.

He said their abductor was from Zurmi in the neighboring Zamfara State and was picking his victims from Katsina state.

Addressing the freed victims, Governor Masari assured them that government would continue to persuade the suspected bandits to release more of the kidnapped victims until there was none in their custody.

He directed that the victims be taken to hospitals for a medical check-up before they are reunited with their families.

One of the victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara told journalists that she was abducted from her matrimonial home with two of her children.

She said that the bandits initially demanded a ransom of N20 million which was later reduced to N6 million, which she said her family couldn’t pay.

She said the suspected bandits used to give them raw rice to cook with only water and salt. Sani said that they slept in an open space for fifty-five (55) days whether it rained or not.

She added that there were still a lot of people in captivity inside the forest.

The freed victims were later handed over to the transition committee chairmen of Kankara and Jibiya LGs for medical check-up and eventual reunification with their families.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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