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Kajuru Castle attackers demand N60m for kidnapped victims

By Baba Negedu, Kaduna on 22/04/2019

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Kidnappers who abducted three persons from Kajuru castle, a holiday resort in Kujuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State at the weekend have demanded N60 million naira ransom for the release of their victims.

Security sources in Kajuru said the kidnappers made the demand on Sunday evening through a staff of the castle.

Our correspondent also gathered that the attackers did not come into the castle to attack the visitors but climbed a rock near the castle and started shooting into the property.

He also said the two mobile policemen on security duty at the castle, fired back at the hoodlums who were shooting sporadically into the complex.

It would be recalled that the abductors killed two people, including an expatriate, whose name was given as Miss Faye Mooney, a Briton, said to be a staff of Mercy Corps Nigeria.

The source explained that worried by the exchange of gunfire the diseased Mooney and her colleague who were accommodated in rooms in one of the towers, got terrified and attempted to escape and in the process, they were hit by bullets on the staircase.

The source said, “The bandits climbed up the rock by the gate. When they started shooting, the two mobile police guarding the place responded, so they knew there were armed policemen inside and they couldn’t come in.

“The two people they killed were already tensed in their rooms in one of the towers. They were panicking and they rushed out of their rooms and started running down the stairs.

“The stairs are opened, so as they were running down the staircase, the bandits saw them and shot them. Their corpses were deposited at the St. Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna.”

The source also narrated that five people were abducted initially – four staff of the castle and a bus driver who brought some guests into the resort.

“These people were somewhere outside the gate taking tea.

“But two of the staff managed to escape and the bandits went with three people – two staff of the castle and the bus driver,” he said.

Asked for latest developments on the kidnapping, Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command said an investigation is ongoing and a manhunt is on for the attackers.

•Sourced from New Telegraph report

Source News Express

Posted 22/04/2019 12:30:20 AM





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