In a turn of events both hopeful and tragic, five of the six Al-Kadriyar sisters, who fell victim to a recent kidnapping by bandits in Abuja’s Bwari area, regained their freedom on Saturday night.
The circumstances surrounding their release remain unclear, with conflicting reports on whether security operatives intervened or if the family resorted to paying a ransom.
The joyous news was shared by the girls’ uncle, Kabiru Aminu, through a video posted on his Twitter handle, @kabiru_aminu, capturing the sisters and their relatives jubilating. A mix of relief and disbelief echoed in Aminu’s tweets, where he exclaimed, “Someone please wake me up!” and lauded the sisters for their strength.
The harrowing ordeal began when the six sisters were kidnapped alongside their father. The gunmen later released the father, instructing him to procure N60 million as ransom for the release of his daughters before Friday, January 12. In a desperate plea for funds, Nigerians were urged to contribute to a designated bank account, but their efforts fell short.
Tragically, displeased with the insufficient funds, the abductors reportedly killed the eldest sister, Najeebah, and callously left her body for her grieving parents to bury.
The heartbreaking incident prompted the Nigeria Police Force to escalate efforts to rescue the remaining victims, assuring the nation of ongoing plans to prevent further kidnapping cases across the country.