Kidnappers of Kajuru Castle Staff Demand  N60m Ransom 

By John Shiklam in Kaduna

The bandits that abducted three people on Friday during an attack on  Kajuru castle, a holiday and resort centre in Kujuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state,
have demanded for N60 million ransom for the release of their victims.

The bandits had killed two people, including a Briton, whose name was  given as  Miss Faye Mooney. The slain Briton was said to be  a staff of Mercy Corps Nigeria.
Police sources in Kajuru said the bandits made the demand on Sunday through a telephone  to one of the staff of the castle.
The source said  Mooney and  the other person killed, came to the castle together.
According to the source, the  bandits did not come into the castle, but climbed a rock near the castle  and started shooting. 
He said the two mobile policemen on  duty at the castle, fired back at the hoodlums who were shooting sporadically.
The source explained that Mooney and her colleague who were accommodated in rooms in one of the towers, got terrified and attempted to leave the rooms and in the process  they were hit by bullets as they attempted to run down the staircase.
“The bandits  climbed up the rock by the gate. When they started shooting, the two mobile police guarding the place responded, so they knew there were armed policemen inside and they couldn’t come in.
“The two people they killed were already tensed in their rooms in one of the towers. They were panicking and they rushed  out of their rooms and started running down the stairs. 
“So as they were running down the staircase,  the bandits saw them  and shot them. Their corpses were deposited at the St. Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna.
The source also said five people were  initially abducted –  four  staff of the castle and a bus driver who brought some guests.
“These people were somewhere outside the gate taking shayi (tea).
“But two of the staff managed to  escape from captivity and the bandits went   with three people –  two staff of the castle and the bus driver”, he said.
Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, was yet  to respond to a message sent to him on the Police/Media WhatsApp platform on the issue at the time of filing this report.