Tunde Bolaji – Minna
Kidnapping and banditry has resurfaced in some local governments of Niger state following the abduction of sixteen persons at Magani and Tungan Bako all in Rafi local government area of the state.
According to the source, the incident took place at about 11am on Monday.
It was learnt that those kidnapped included two housewives and their little children and the driver of a member of the state house of assembly.
The source revealed further that 8 people were kidnapped at Magami Community while 6 were abducted at Tungan bako.
It was gathered that the kidnappers numbering about 21 stormed the communities riding on motorcycles and reportedly shot into the air to instill fears into the people.
The bandits were reported to have moved from house to house dispossessing the people of their valuable items but nobody was killed.
Our Correspondent gathered that several heads of cattle were rustled.
According to the findings one of those kidnapped at Tungan- Bako village was released by the bandits to go and search for the ransom demanded since none of them had cell phone for the abductors to make contacts with the relations of the victims.
When contacted the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga confirmed the story but did not give details.
Efforts to get Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command ASP Wasiu Abiodun was abortive.
However a police source said that reinforcement of policemen have been despatched to the troubled communities.