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Bandits release Zamfara Emir after 32 days in custody

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The Zamfara emirate has announced the release of its traditional ruler, The Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, after more than a month in the custody of his abductors.

The Emirate announced this on Saturday night.

The statement read: “On behalf of the family and Bungudu Emirate, we wish to thank everyone for the prayers and support during this trying time.

“We appreciate all the efforts of Kaduna State Government throughout this challenging period.

“Our immense gratitude to the Zamfara State Government for playing a key role to see our father returned home safely.

“We salute the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for the support in facilitating the release of the Emir.

”We wish to plead with the public to respect the privacy of the Emir in the coming weeks as he receives medical attention and post-trauma management.

The monarch, also known as Sarkin Fulani Bungudu, was nabbed in September along Kaduna-Abuja highway by gunmen who attacked his motorcade.

He was travelling to Kaduna when the incident happened.

The Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle on Strategy, Gazali Shehu Ahmad also confirmed the release of the monarch through a post on his official Facebook page.

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