Minister of Defence lashed out at crowdfunding for ransoms on Abuja kidnapped sisters

Minister of Defence lashed out at crowdfunding for ransoms on Abuja kidnapped sisters

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has hit out at those paying ransoms to kidnappers, saying  crowdfunding makes the situation worse.

Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar’s comments come after a deadline to pay a ransom for the release of five sisters elapsed.

The 5 sisters were abducted from their home earlier this month in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

Global Times Nigeria report one of their sisters who was equally kidnapped was later killed.

The sad development has shocked the country and people have been donating to a crowdfunding initiative organised by family,  friends and well-wishers.

“We are anxious, everyone is waiting. We just want them back home. All of them [the family] are just praying,” Asiya Adamu, a cousin to the sisters, told BBC Hausa on Wednesday.PDP: Those calling for Ortom’s suspension do worse anti-party activities

There has been no word from the family since the deadline expired.

The six sisters, aged from the early teens to 23, were taken hostage in the Abuja suburb of Bwari along with their father Mansoor Al-Kadriyar, who was later released to raise the ransom.

His 21-year-old daughter, Nabeeha, a final year university student, was killed last Friday as a warning that the huge ransom be paid.

But Mr Abubakar said responding to the kidnappers’ demands only made them more greedy.

“On crowdfunding, we all know there’s an existing law against payment of ransom. So, it is very sad for people to go over the internet, radio asking for donations to pay ransom. This will only worsen the situation,” he said.

In this case it had made the kidnappers increase their demands, the minister said.

”We believe we have to stop – as painful as it is. We have to stop responding to payment on ransom. If we stop, over time the kidnapping will not be profitable and they will stop.”

Kidnapping has become rife in Nigeria, with hundreds of people abducted in recent years, largely by criminal gangs who see it as an easy way to make money. It has been particularly bad in the north-west of the country.

There has been an outcry that the insecurity has reached the capital, prompting Abuja’s police force to launch a special squad to tackle the kidnapping gangs on Wednesday.

Mr Abubakar said he believed operations against the gangs elsewhere had forced them to move to areas near the capital.

Kidnapped Abuja sisters
Kidnapped Abuja sisters

“The security agencies are working very hard to push them out and block the movements and finish them off once and for all.”

 

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