Bandits free Kano village head, hold lecturer who delivered ransom

Kidnappers on Friday, reportedly set free the Village Head of Karfi in Takai Local Government Area of Kano State, Abdulyahyah Ilo.

Suspected gunmen had on May 16, 2022, opened fire on members of the community, killed six persons, abducted Ilo and injured several others.

Meanwhile, the village security guards and vigilantes successfully arrested one of the kidnappers.

However, an associate professor at Kano State University of Science and Technology (KSTU), Wudil, Huzaifa Karfi, who went to deliver the ransom for the release of the village head, was held back by the kidnappers.

A resident of the area, Musa Sa’ad, confirmed the release of the village head by his kidnappers.

According to him, they successfully collected the ransom and held Dr Huzaifa in connection to their man that was captured by the vigilante group.

They demanded the release of their man as a condition to release him.

Also confirming the release of the traditional ruler, his brother Yusuf Ismail, said he had been released and was receiving treatment at a hospital.

Kano State Police Command’s Public Relations, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, promised to revert for confirmation but was yet to do so at the time of writing this report.