Netizens react as bandits kill one of six sisters abducted in Abuja

Nigerians on social media have called on authorities to secure the release of six young sisters abducted by bandits in their house in Abuja.

The sisters were abducted on January 9, 2024, alongside their father.

It was gathered that the gunmen later released their father, asking him to go get N60m as ransom for the release of her daughters before Friday, January 12, 2024.

In a bid to raise money, Nigerians were urged to donate whatever they have into a bank account, but not enough money was gathered as of Friday.

Consequently, the hoodlums reportedly killed the oldest of the six girls, Najeebah, and dumped her body somewhere for her parents to bury.

The former Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, confirmed the killing of Najeebah on Saturday night.

Pantami said he had spoken with the father of Najeebah over the remaining kidnapped girls.

“Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Raajiun! I just read about the killing of our daughter Najeeba (400 level, ABU). I also spoke with her father about the remaining 5 of our kidnapped daughters. May Allah forgive her, rescue others & bring absolute peace to Nigeria,” he said in a post on his X handle.

Following the death of Nabeeha, there was an outrage on social media with Netizens demanding the police and Nigerian government act immediately to ensure the release of the sisters.

A former aide to former President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, called on the police to take necessary actions on the matter.

“I join fellow concerned Nigerians in urgently calling on the @PoliceNG through its PPRO @PrinceMoye1 to acknowledge and respond to the unfortunate incident involving the kidnapping of Najeebah and five of her sisters #NajeebahAndHerSisters more than a week ago. The information shared by a family member @Adamu_Asiya_ this morning indicated that the kidnappers have tragically killed Najeebah as a warning and demanded a N100 million ransom for the release of the remaining victims.

We implore the Nigeria Police to prioritise this case and deploy all necessary resources to safely rescue the remaining victims. Thank you!” he said on X.

An X user, hayateey1, posted, “As an average Nigerian if you have refused to lend your voice for the rescue of Late Nabeeha’s 5 other sisters, know that you are no different from the government and security operatives you always call out and castigate. Insecurity affects all of us directly or indirectly! Let that sink in!”

Another X user, KawuGarba posted, “If we keep quiet, this insecurity will consume all of us.

“The innocent girl Nabeeha executed by armed bandits terrorists could be any of us.

“FUGUS girls have spent almost 4 months in captivity, with no explanation and the media is silent about them.”

Adedayo_agarau posted, “What else do Nigerians in Nigeria have to do to be safe? They pay taxes. They pray. They go to work. Institutionalised criminal rings have been picking up innocent Nigerians and using them to get rich quickly or score political points. IT HAS TO STOP.”

dansatty also posted, “People get kidnapped day-in day-out in a country that has a government? Where are the security operatives saddled with the responsibility of protecting the citizens? What is the president @officialABAT doing about all these? It is a stranger’s turn today, it can be your turn or your loved ones’ tomorrow. #Najeebahandhersisters”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police at Force headquarters said a comprehensive plan of action towards checkmating bandits attacks and rescuing the 6 girls have been initiated.

A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi said, “The Force Headquarters is diligently coordinating efforts to address this and prevent any further occurence, as all hands are on deck to rescue the victims.

“However, the sensitivity of the situation necessitates discretion, and as a result, specific details are being kept confidential to avoid compromising ongoing operations.

“The NPF is actively engaging and contacting individuals crucial to the rescue operations and investigation.

Culled from IR