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Bandits release 15 kidnapped victims in Katsina

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The 15 persons abducted by bandits in Jibia local government area of Katsina State were on Sunday morning freed by their captors.

The victims were released after spending 45 days in the bandits’ den.

Ripples Nigeria gathered that Governor Aminu Bello Masari received the victims at the State Government House in Katsina at about 1:00 a.m.

The development brought to about 75 the number of kidnapped victims that have been released by the bandits in the aftermath of the recent dialogue with the state government.

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The 15 victims, including a day -old baby girl that was delivered in the forest a few hours before the release of her mother, arrived Government House, famished and malnourished.

Some of them told journalists that they were kidnapped from Mallamawa village 45days ago.

According to them, since that fateful day, nobody knew their whereabouts.
They hailed the governor’s dialogue initiative which paved the way for their release.

Meanwhile, Masari said the next level of the initiative would be disarmament of the repentant bandits.

The disarmament programme was initiated by Masari and his counterparts in Zamfara and Maradi in the Niger Republic.

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