Just In: How Kaduna NURTW paid N5.7 million ransom to rescue kidnapped drivers

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It was a mixed feelings of joy and sadness penultimate Saturday when newly elected officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were inaugurated for the Kundenda industrial area of Kaduna metropolis.

They were happy that the long expected area office of the Union officially came to reality, just as they lamented whooping sum of money paid recently as ransom to rescue their kidnapped members from captivity.

This was even as there was a general laughter among invited guests when one of the elected officials in his speech, perhaps, out of slip of the tongue, unconsciously shouted, ‘PDP!!!
at the event.

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But the Master of Ceremony (MC) reminded him that the event was not a political party gathering and put him on the right track by shouting NURTW!!!, and all the members responded, Progress!!!.

Chairman, Kundenda industrial area, Kaduna unit of the NURTW, Comrade Gabriel Abah while fielding questions from our Correspondent said, “Based on our standard as union of heavy trucks, we are going to try our possible best to put things in order, most especially to ensure conducive environment for our drivers who are facing so many problems like bad roads, robbery, kidnapping, so on and so forth on the highways.

“So I am going to ensure under my administration to see that I put things in good conditions for our members. And I want to advise my members and followers to always abide by the laws of the land to enable us achieve our aims and objectives.

“Regrettably, as I speak with you we were able to regain the freedom of seven of our members who were kidnapped sometimes ago on the highways. They were kidnapped along Katsina, Zamfara, Abuja and Birnin Gwari highways. But we give glory to God that none of them was killed by the kidnappers.

“To secure their freedom, we paid ransom; the first one was N1.5 million, another one was N1.2 million and the highest was N3 million.

“We have advised our drivers to always monitor the highways as they drive to their respective destination. They need to look far ahead of them as they drive along the highways to ensure no unusual happening ahead of them.

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