Kidnapped Ariyo family members, three others regain freedom

The four remaining members of the Ariyo family and three other residents abducted from Sagwari Estate in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have regained freedom. 

Gunmen had invaded the estate opposite Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Dutse, around 8 pm on January 7, 2024, and abducted Mrs. Ariyo, her four children, five others including Talatu Salihu, a 500 level student of Bayero University Kano (BUK), her two nieces and two staff members of a hotel. 

The kidnappers demanded N60m and N50m ransom respectively from the families of the victims. 

Following their inability to pay the huge ransom, the kidnappers killed 13-year-old Michelle Ariyo, Talatu and one of the hotel staff, Akpagher Joseph Terzungwe.

After killing them, the kidnappers hiked the ransom of the remaining victims and set a deadline of Wednesday.

Sources who spoke to the Daily Trust on Sunday afternoon, January 21, disclosed that the “seven remaining victims, a female hotel receptionist, a mother and her three children, as well as two little children, had been released to their respected family members,”

He, however, disclosed that both families have been taken to an undisclosed location.

The development comes after the four remaining siblings of late Nabeeha Al-Kadriyah, who was killed in captivity, regained freedom.