Nigeria: Ex-Minister’s Friend Offers to Pay N50m Ransom for Abducted Abuja Girls
By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria
Isa Pantami, the former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has disclosed that a friend of his has volunteered to contribute the remaining N50 million to meet the N100 million ransom demanded by kidnappers for the release of the remaining Mansoor Al-Kadriyar sisters.
The Al-Kadriyar family, along with the daughter of their late brother, fell victim to abduction , with one of the daughters, Nabeeha, tragically losing her life during the incident.
Isa Pantami took to his verified social media handle to share the development and expressed his personal stance against paying ransom to criminals. Despite this, due to the dire circumstances, including the loss of one daughter and the threat to the remaining five, Pantami revealed that a friend and brother offered to cover the outstanding ransom amount immediately.
He conveyed the account details of Mansoor Al-Kadriyar, the father of the abducted girls, to his friend for a direct transfer of the funds. Pantami assured that any surplus generated beyond the required amount would be utilized for the treatment of the daughters and other family members.
In his social media post, Pantami extended gratitude to the generous friend and brother, wishing them the highest reward in paradise. He also called for forgiveness for Nabeeha and the rescue of her surviving sisters. Pantami concluded with a plea for divine assistance to the security agencies in overcoming the challenges posed by criminal activities.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, acknowledged the police’s awareness of the situation and assured that they are actively handling it, withholding specific details for security reasons.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has committed to rescuing four sisters and their cousin who were kidnapped from their family home in Bwari Area Council, FCT, on . Bandit attacks have seen an increase in the nation’s capital, with villages and hamlets being targeted, leading to abductions and fatalities.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP