In Niger State, four of the people kidnapped at Batatti in Lavun Local Government Area on Friday have been released after paying a ransom of N5.5 million.
Kolade Olushola, a victim, told Daily Trust they were released at 7.30 pm on Sunday.
Bandits numbering about ten attacked Battati on Friday and looted many of his and other shops near the major road to Mokwa.
The bandits are said to have arrived in a white Hilux vehicle and performed Ishai prayers with members of the community before firing into the air, causing traders to abandon their shops.
Sunday, it was gathered that the bandits demanded N50 million for the release of the five victims as other valuables including laptops and handsets were carted away.
Others in the bandits’ custody include Bose, and Malam Aliyu, who also own a shop along the road, and a tractor engineer, who was in transit and was shot because of a reflection of light from his vehicle.
Despite spending three days in captivity with the kidnappers, the victims were unable to identify the kidnappers as they were blindfolded.
Driver of the Hilux vehicle paid N2 million, Olushola and Bose paid N3 million and Aliyu paid N500,000.
As a result of the incident, security operatives have been patrolling the area.