The Katsina State Government have reportedly traced no fewer than 20 of its indigenes to Burkina Faso where they were allegedly sold into slavery by armed bandits who kidnapped them.
According to a source familiar with the issue, the victims who were kidnapped from the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, were taken to a certain woman in Cotonou who served as a middleman between the main slave Merchants and the slaves-to-be.
The Cotonou woman was the one who sold the kidnap victims to some slave serchants in Burkina Faso.
We gathered that the location of the victims was discovered following an interface Governor Aminu Bello Masari had with some repentant bandits in eight council areas of the state.
KanyiDaily recalls that Governor Aminu Masari had initiated a peace dialogue where it visited the hideout of the bandits to parley with them and a swap deal which saw releases of both kidnap victims and the bandits in detention.
The state government’s interface led to the trace of about 20 kidnapped victims who were sold to Burkina Faso as slaves.
Governor Masari has reportedly initiated a process of rescuing the 20 indigenes of his state sold to the agents of modern-day slavery.
The source said the governor’s Special Adviser on Drugs, Narcotics and Trafficking, Alhaji Hamza Brodo has this weekend left for Burkina Faso to negotiate for their release.
Confirming the development, Brodo said “Yes I will be travelling to Burkina Faso this weekend.
“I will only get to know if the 20 victims were indigenes of Katsina after meeting them and their captors,” Brodo said.