The Emir of Kajuru in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, Alhassan Adamu, has been rushed to the hospital hours after regaining freedom from bandits.
The 85-year-old monarch was abducted by bandits in his palace in the early hours of Sunday alongside 13 members of his family.
He was later released on Monday evening, while the other members of his family including the daughter, grandchildren, three of his aides and five others remain in captivity.
The Spokesman of the Kajuru Emirate Council, Dahiru Abubakar, told Channels Television that the Emir suffered Post Traumatic Stress, even as he remains worried about the fate of his children, a situation which prompted his being rushed to the hospital.
The bandits had swooped on the Emir in the early hours of Sunday morning, just six days after the abduction of 121 students of Bethel Baptist School in neighbouring Chikun Local Government Area.
Numbering over 200, they were said to have stormed the emirate, firing gunshots, before proceeding to the Emir’s palace and whisking him and 13 members of his family away.
A ransom of N200 million ransom has been demanded for the release of the Emir of Kajuru, Alhassan Adamu.
The monarch was kidnapped by bandits in the wee hours of Sunday along with 13 of his family members, including two grandchildren.
News of the ransom demand was disclosed by spokesperson of the Kajuru Emirate Council, Dahiru Abubakar on Monday.
According to Mr Abubakar, the bandits also gave assurances that all the victims are in good condition and were not being molested.
He said the council is still appealing to the bandits to release the 85-year-old monarch and his relatives unconditionally, especially giving his fragile health condition.
Meanwhile, one bandit was reportedly killed and some others injured in a shootout with soldiers during the attack on Emir’s palace, according to security sources in the local government.
The sources said the bandits, during the operation, divided themselves into two, with one group engaging the soldiers in a gun battle, while the other group moved into the palace, and later took the Emir and 14 others away into the forest.
Numbering over 200, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles in the early hours of Sunday morning through a nearby forest that stretches the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Kachia local government area, and started shooting sporadically, before they were engaged by soldiers that were deployed to the area.