Nigerian police secure the release two sisters abducted from Abuja in the Bwari kidnapping

Nigerian police report that they have freed five sisters who were taken captive in the nation’s capital after they were abducted. In a joint police-army operation in a northern Nigerian woodland on Saturday night, the girls were let free. They, along with another sister who was subsequently killed, were snatched from their Abuja home earlier this month. The statement said nothing about a ransom being paid, despite the kidnappers’ demands for one. Following the operation, which took place on Saturday at around 23:30 local time (22:30 GMT) near the Kajuru woodland in Kaduna State, Nigerian police reported that the girls had been reunited with their family.

On January 2, the six sisters—who ranged in age from early adolescence to 23—and their father, Mansoor Al-Kadriyar, were kidnapped from the family’s Bwari, an Abuja suburb. According to witnesses, the uncle of the girls fled for help but was attacked and killed along with three police officers. A family member who spoke to the BBC on condition of anonymity claimed that Nabeeha, Mansoor’s 21-year-old daughter and a final-year university student, was killed as a warning after the kidnappers freed him on the condition that he pay a sizable ransom.

In recent years, hundreds of people have been abducted in Nigeria, mostly by criminal groups who saw it as a quick and cheap way to make money. The nation’s northwest has seen especially severe weather. Many in the nation were incensed with the case of the Al-Kadriyar sisters, claiming that the government’s pledges to address the kidnapping crisis have not been fulfilled. First Lady Remi Tinubu called for the “swift return of the Al-Kadriyar sisters” and asked security services to “intensify their efforts” to put a stop to the kidnapping and security issue. When the girls’ restitution was demanded for 65 million naira ($68,000; £53,000), many Nigerians contributed to a crowdsourcing campaign.

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