Eighteen traders from Kano who were abducted by gunmen while travelling to Abia state have been set free.
But Abubakar Babawo, president of Arewa Youth Traders Association of Nigeria, on Sunday disclosed that the kidnapped victims have regained freedom.
In an interview with The PUNCH, Babawo said the victims were released by their abductors on Saturday evening.
He said they are currently on their way to Kano.
The association’s president said ransom was paid to secure the release of the traders. He, however, did not disclose how much was paid to the kidnappers.
“The 18 Kano traders who were among the 27 traders regained their freedom on Saturday evening. They slept in Kaduna and they are now on their way to Kano,” he said.
“We are expecting them today in Kano as we have been communicating with them. We communicated with some of them. All of them are released. They are fine and en route to Kano.
“I cannot tell you the amount paid to secure their release but a ransom was paid before they were released.”