The village head of Madaka in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, Zakari Ya’u Idris, has been reportedly killed by gunmen over the inability of his people to raise money demanded as ransom.
He had earlier been abducted during which he spent about three months in the forest before he was released a month ago and re-abducted last Sunday before he was murdered.
It was gathered that the bandits got in touch with relatives of those abducted alongside the village head and demanded ransom.
While five of the abductees’ families were able to raise the money for their release, the relatives of the village head could not raise the N800, 000 ransoms that led to his torture and eventual death in the kidnappers’ den.
“One of those released by the bandits after paying his ransom revealed that the village head was always beaten since he was abducted and that from all indications, he was tortured to death. The corpse of the deceased was immediately buried in the forest,” the source added.
Gunmen about 50 of them invaded Madaka community last Sunday during which they murdered three persons and abducted the deceased for the second time.
Those killed during the invasion included a leader of the vigilante group in Madaka, Isyaku Alhassan, his son, Abdulhamid Isyaku and one other person.
Besides those killed and abducted, scores of other persons were injured while many houses were set ablaze.
Meanwhile, District Head of Gunna, who was abducted in Yakila in the same local government area, was yet to regain freedom.
A source revealed the gunmen were yet to get in touch with family of the District Head to demand ransom.