Bandits place N2m ransom on two corps members kidnapped in Zamfara

Bandits have allegedly placed a ransom of N2 million for the freedom of two members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) kidnapped in Zamfara.

The victims identified in a tweet by Senator Shehu Sani on Saturday as Jenifer Lorliam and Joseph Aondana were deployed from Benue to Kebbi and Sokoto states. They were among the victims abducted along Tsafe-Gusau road in Zamfara on Tuesday, October 19.

Spokesman of the police in Zamfara Mohammed Shehu had said the Command received the report of the kidnap on Friday when the commissioner of police Ayuba Elkanah visited the orientation camp at Tsafe, Tsafe Local Government Area.

He said that Mr Elkanah had visited the NYSC orientation camp to assess the existing security measures to ensure safety and security of the prospective corps members arriving at the camp for the two-week orientation exercise.

However, in his tweet, Sani said the NYSC should be held responsible for the kidnap.

“Jenifer Iorliam and Joseph Aondana, youth Corpers whom are now in the hands of terrorists in Zamfara state and with a ransom of N2 million placed on their heads should be freed by none other than the NYSC that posted them there. The NYSC should be held responsible,” he wrote.

There have been concerns from the public about NYSC deploying corps members to states ravaged by banditry and insurgency.