The bandits who abducted three healthcare workers along the Gusau Dansadau highway in Maru Local Government last Saturday have freed the captives.
The gunmen, who are terrorizing the state and the whole of the northwest area, are also known as “bandits” in Nigerian media. They also gave back the N5 million ransom received for the release of the medical professionals.
They trapped the hospital staff, including Muhammad Mansur, a head doctor in the General Hospital Dansadau, in the Maru council area.
The captives were freed early on Friday.
According to the locals, cattle herders who want to establish a long-lasting friendship with the farming villages of Dansadau interfered to secure the release of the medical professionals and scrap the payment of the ransom the gunmen had wanted.
According to a traditional leader called Mustapha Umar, the worried cow herders apprehended the armed bandits and brought them to their leaders while accompanying the ransom carrier Sama’ila Nagogo to the delivery spot.
According to the traditional chief, the cattle herders requested that they release the accused and refund the N5 million ransom.
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“The owner of the money, Mamman Tsafe, whose children were among the abducted victims, received the money back.
The traditional leader stated, “We learnt that the bandits are well-known in the region and possibly unaware of the peace agreement entered between the plant farmers and the cattle herders in the Dansadau Emirate.
Last year, the inhabitants of Dansadau reached a truce with the local livestock herders, including armed bandits.
Following years of retaliative violence in the region, a truce was finally called.
Ali Kacallah, the leader of a group of bandits, started the peace dialogue by dispatching ambassadors to the Dansadau neighborhood.