‘We’ve suspended protest, Zaria 14 abductors contacted families, demanded ransom’

The Coalition of 52 Northern Groups on Sunday said it had suspended the protest scheduled for this week.

The organisation said it took the decision because abductors of the 14 Zaria Local Government staff members have finally made contact with their families.

The spokesperson of CNG, Abdil-azeez Suleiman, told journalists that the discouraging silence by the government four days since the abduction had left a bad legacy.

He said, “It has come to the notice of the Coalition of Northern Groups that the abductors of the 14 Zaria Local Government staff have finally made contact with families of the captors separately this (Sunday) afternoon.

“We learnt that the captors assured the individual family members of the safety of the captives and made various demands for ransom.

“With the unfolding scenario, the CNG Headquarters has resolved to direct its Kaduna State students wing to put its planned mass protests on hold so as not to disrupt the fresh development.”

He added, “We however frown at the discouraging silence by the authorities in the past four days since the captives who are legitimate government workers were abducted while carrying out an official assignment.

“It is unfortunate that those who pose as leaders today show no real concern for the personal safety of the people they swore to protect by not doing enough to guarantee the minimal assurance of public safety and security of lives and properties.”

He called for voluntary special prayers in congregations and individually for the safe return of all victims currently in captivity.

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