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Nigerian lawmaker regains freedom after payment of N6m ransom

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A member representing Sumaila/Takai federal constituency of Kano State, Garba Durbunde, has been released, following payment of N6million ransom.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that the lawmaker was kidnapped on his way to Kano from Abuja along Abuja-Jere road around 6pm on Tuesday.
Mr Durbunde’s release followed high-level negotiation involving the North West caucus of the House of Representatives and security agents.
Insiders confirmed to our reporter that N6million ransom was hurriedly paid to the kidnappers before the deadline.
“We have to hurriedly pay the money before they hurt him or increase the ransom,” said a familiar with the negotiation.
The caucus is headed by the Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Doguwa.
A former commissioner of Rural and Community Development in Kano State, Mr Durbunde was described by his colleagues as humble and unassuming lawmaker.
Condemning his abduction, Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, urged security agents to intensify efforts to rescue the lawmaker.

A statement by the commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba, said Mr Ganduje, “who was shocked by the news of the sad and unfortunate event, particularly at this holy month of Ramadan, condemned it in the strongest term as an act of wickedness perpetrated by evil and cold-hearted elements.”

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