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Emir of Bungudu

Kidnapped Emir of Bungudu released after one month in captivity and payment of over N20 million ransom

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The Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, has regained freedom.

The emir was kidnapped when bandits attacked his motorcade along Kaduna-Abuja Highway on September 14.

A security source, who did not want to be named, said the monarch was released this evening in Kaduna State.

Gazali Shehu Ahmad, Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle on Strategy, also confirmed the release of the monarch.

In a Facebook post, he wrote, “On behalf of the family and Bungudu Emirate, we wish to thank everyone for the prayers and support during this trying time.

“We appreciate all the efforts of Kaduna State Government throughout this challenging period. Our immense gratitude to the Zamfara State Government in playing a key role to see our father returned home safely.”

“We salute the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for the support in facilitating the release of the Emir.

“We wish to plead with the public to respect the privacy of the Emir in the coming weeks as he receives medical attention and post-trauma management.”

Daily Trust had last week reported that about N20 million was paid as ransom to his abductors who, however, refused to release him, asking for additional money.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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