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Abducted Dodo of Wawa regains freedom

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Seven days after the abduction of the District Head of Wawa, in Borgu Local Council of Niger State, Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Aliyu, the monarch has been freed by his captors.

The Dodo of Wawa, who was abducted when armed bandits, numbering 30, stormed the community on Saturday, September 4, 2021, was brought back to the palace by his captors around 8pm on Friday.

A chief from the Emirate, Walli of Wawa, Alhaji Bala Galla, who disclosed this to The Guardian Friday night on phone, said: “Dodo told his subjects that his abductors brought him on three motorcycles carrying a passenger each. He revealed that his release was accurately planned, as they ensured that the entire community was dark before they arrived.

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“He told us that they rode close to his palace, dropped him and immediately vanished, noting that while in captive, his abductors gave him fair treatment.”

Efforts by The Guardian to speak with the monarch was futile, as his phone lines were not connecting.

The Guardian learnt from a source close to the Emirate last Tuesday, that his abductors contacted the family members, demanding a ransom of N100m. It couldn’t be ascertained if the ransom was paid before his release, because everybody declined to speak on the issue.


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