Zamfara bandits released Colonel Rabiu Garba Yandoto (retired) and his sons on Tuesday after paying a ransom of N10 million.

Speaking to The PUNCH by phone shortly after the release, Yandoto said that the bandits received N10 million instead of the previously mentioned N5 million.

Yandoto said: “They collected N10 million and met me and my children near the town of Faskari in Katsina state and told us to find our way home.

“As I speak to you, we were released just an hour ago and I thanked God that they did not kill me while I was in the bandit camp.”

He thanked everyone who contributed to his release.

When asked if his kidnapping was politically motivated, Yandoto said: “I cannot rule out that possibility. I don’t want to say much on the subject right now.”

Yandoto and her two sons were kidnapped by bandits along the Gusau-Tsafe highway as she was returning to her village a few days ago.

One of Yandoto’s relatives who requested anonymity told The PUNCH that the bandits called him and demanded a ransom of N50 million.

However, the money, according to the relative, was reduced to N5 million, after a series of negotiations between the bandits and the family.

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