Tuesday, January 18

12 abducted as bandits strike again in Zamfara

Barely seven days after they burnt down five villages in horrifying attacks, killing at least 200 people, bandits have again abducted 12 residents in two fresh attacks in Zamfara State.

Terror groups operating as bandits last week killed 200 people in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of Zamfara State.

Details of the latest attack in Yar Kuka are still sketchy, but a resident of Anka said that the village head, his wife and his brother, Sarki Musa, Hadiza Musa and Bawa Musa respectively, were abducted.

The bandits were said to have stormed the village Monday night and went straight to the monarch’s house.

Other people allegedly abducted were two Burkina Faso nationals who were engaged in mining activities in the village and another resident named Dahiru Ummaru.

Three women and three teenage girls were also reportedly abducted in Kuzawa community of Kadauri village in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

A victim who pleaded for anonymity said his two wives and three daughters were abducted by the bandits. He said that the terrorists stormed his house around 2:30 a.m on Tuesday.

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“I was around but in my own part of the house when they came. They didn’t fire a single shot. Apart from my wives and daughters, they also took away all my money. The names of my wives are Zainab and Asmau,” he said.

He said that other woman who was also abducted was a neighbour adding that the bandits had called twice but did not make any meaningful negotiations with him.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Zamfara Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, said he has not been briefed when contacted.

He however revealed that kidnapping for ransom, cattle rustling and incessant killings have become commonplace in Zamfara and other North west Nigerian states.

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