A Kano cleric, Sheikh Abdullahi Shehu Mai Annabi, who was kidnapped alongside 12 other people on their way to Zamfara State to attend Maulud in Anka town, is still being held, Daily Trust gathered.
The son of the cleric, Isyaku Abdullahi Shehu, said the cleric, with 12 other members of his team, including his brothers and students, all from Rimin Kebe area of Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano, were kidnapped about three weeks ago around Sheme town of Katsina State by gunmen who demanded a ransom of N10 million from the family.
He said they initially demanded N15 million but after negotiation, the kidnappers agreed to collect N10 million.
“We have already gathered and submitted N5 million to the kidnappers. But when we got to the place, they directed us to pick our people; they only brought four dead bodies.
“When we asked them why they killed them, they said we must give the agreed N10 million for them to release our father and the other nine people, or else they will also tell us where to go and pick their corpses.
“We couldn’t even carry the corpses because they had already decomposed. We had to bury them there,” he said.
He said their father, who has three wives and 17 children, is around 78 years and doesn’t have anything else to give to the kidnappers after the N5 million.
He added that they didn’t know the appropriate security office to contact for the issue because they were kidnapped in Katsina and got the four corpses in Kuyallo town of Kaduna State.
“We never thought we would find ourselves in this kind of situation. We just heard this from here and there but it happened to us. We are all exhausted, and we don’t know what to do to raise the remaining N5 million to rescue our father and the remaining people.
“We call on the government and people to please help us in rescuing them. We don’t have anything and we don’t have anybody. Please and please, we need your help,” he appealed in tears.
On the Maulud the people were scheduled to attend; the cleric’s son said the event was postponed because their father is the leader and has been the guest speaker at the event for many years.
He added that the organisers of the Maulud promised to come to Kano on the matter but were yet to come.