Zamfara: Abducted Emir regains freedom after one month in captivity

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The Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, who was kidnapped about one month ago along Kaduna-Abuja highway by gunmen suspected to be bandits, has regained his freedom.

It was recalled that the emir was kidnapped when bandits attacked his motorcade on September 14 while on his way to Kaduna State.

The Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle on Strategy, Gazali Shehu Ahmad confirmed the release of the monarch through a post on his official Facebook page on Saturday night.

According to the Adviser, the monarch will be receiving medical attention throughout the coming week to regain his mental health.

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

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

We salute the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for their 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.”

Recall that reports emerged a few days ago that about N20 million was paid as ransom to his abductors, but the assailants demanded that an additional amount must be paid before he would be released.

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