Bandits abduct district head, 75 others in Zamfara

By Abdullahi Sani://

The district head of Adabka community in Zamfara state, Alhaji Nafiu Shehu and 75 people in Rini village have been kidnapped, in the latest brazen criminality by bandits.

They were all abducted on Saturday in separate operations, but no one was killed, the source said.

According to a source, the bandits invaded Adabka community about noon as they operated till around 4pm before whisking away Shehu, the community leader.

Adabka community is under Bukkuyum Local government area of Zamfara State. It is about 165 kilometers from the state capital, Gusau.

There was no security presence in the community when the bandits came calling as the mobile police unit initially stationed there was moved out last week.

In Rini, in the same state, bandits kidnapped no fewer than 75 people, in a raid that began Friday night and ended early Saturday.

“The number of people kidnapped from (the village of) Rini must be more than seventy five,” said Aliyu Tungar-Rini, a resident of the community.

Habu Abubakar, also a resident of Rini village, said more than 80 people were kidnapped by the gunmen, who he said came wearing black clothes on more than 50 motorbikes.

“My shop was looted and I was left with a few things,” he said.

A police spokesman confirmed the abduction but declined to provide details.

“They abducted my uncle, I narrowly escaped death,” said Mohammed Dan Auwal, another resident.

He stated that the attack started on Friday afternoon and lasting until the early hours of Saturday, as the kidnappers went from house to house snatching children and the elderly in the community.

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