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Police confirm death of 18 kidnappers, by thunderstorm, while sharing ransom money

The Nigeria Police on Friday confirmed that thunderstorm has killed 18-suspected kidnappers at a forest in Adamawa State along the Nigeria/Cameroon border in the Northeast region.

A source said that the suspected kidnappers met their end because, “angered by incessant attacks by the kidnappers, community leaders and victims consulted a native doctor to send thunder after the bandits. They met their Waterloo when they gathered to share the money.”

The source said that local hunters who first located the dead kidnappers could not retrieve their corpses, money inside some bags as well as their weapons because of local beliefs.

The Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Suleiman Nguroje, said on Friday that the incident actually happened within Cameroon soil near the border with Nigeria.

Said Nguroje, “we heard that the victims engaged the services of a native doctor, but it was said to have occurred in the neighbouring Cameroon, which is not under our jurisdiction.”

Sources said the kidnappers were sharing ransom money they got from their victims when the thunder struck them.

The incident, the source noted, occurred within the Toungo Local Government Area of the State, in the Southern part of Adamawa State on the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

“The bandits, it was gathered, had collected over N20 million from their wealthy victims between Koncha in Cameroon and Toungo in Nigeria,” a source in Toungo said.

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