Terror group kidnapped women from 17 states, married them off – Nasarawa gov reveals


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The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, has met President Muhammadu Buhari over the security challenges confronting the state.

He met the president in a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

After the meeting, the governor told State House correspondents that members of the Darussalam terror group dislodged from Niger State have converged on the Nasarawa/Benue border from where they launched daring attacks on residents.

Sule said that many of the group’s members have however been neutralised by the security agents while 900 have been arrested.

“I have come to see Mr President to brief him about some of the activities happening in my state, first in the area of security that we continue to have challenges with a team of Boko Haram who had settled at the border with the FCT.

“We thank the security forces that they have been able to dislodge them.

“But now, they have gone back and gathered at our border with Benue and they are causing a lot of havoc.

“Therefore, it was an opportunity as Mr President wanted to know and I briefed him. I strongly believe that just like decision was taken last time to take care of this issue, another decision will be taken,” Sule disclosed.

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He revealed that the criminal group married off the women they kidnapped.

“When we took the hostages, actually, we had to disperse them. A lot of them are families of different people in the country that were kidnapped.

“In most cases, when they kidnap women, they marry them off. We had a lot of kidnapped women that were married off. We released them back to their various states and families.

“We got people from about 17 states. A few of them were from Niger Republic. We handed over those from Niger Republic to the Department of State Services. We handed over those from states to their various governments through DSS offices in their domain,” Sule added.

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