Timeline: Niger State Kidnapping Persist

 Timeline: Niger State Kidnapping Persist

Abductions of people in Niger State have continued to persist as bandits have been reported to have invaded Jangaru village in Rafi local government area of the state kidnapping no fewer than 30 people.

It was gathered that the bandits had hidden their motorcycles far away from the village and trekked from their “Park” to the village and rounded up their victims while sleeping.

Those kidnapped included 20 Gbagyis, made up of 11 men and nine females, nine Fulanis and one person of another ethnic group.

According to the report, the bandits arrived and went from house to house, woke their victims up, stole their belongings and led the people to where they parked their Motorcycles and ferried them into the forest.

“The villagers were caught unaware because they were all sleeping. Again, there was no noise because the kidnappers trekked to the village and there was no gunshot throughout to cause any panic.

“The villagers who left with nothing were forced to trek along with them to their Motorcycles where they rode into the forest and till now, no information about them received,” the source explained

Niger Kidnapping

Bandits reportedly took over the Tegina-Minna road in Rafi Local Government Area kidnapping no fewer than 18 people.

The 18 kidnapped people were travelling in three commercial vehicles when they ran into a blockade by the bandits at Kundu town, a few kilometres from Zungeru town.

On February 17, 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their families Government Science Secondary School Kagara, were abducted by bandits, wearing military fatigues and carrying arms.

“They forced the children of staffers to take them to the hostel. There they abducted the students along with some members of staff. They killed one of the students in the hostel. His body is now at the police station in Kagara” the police said.

While, on February 14, 53 passengers were abducted by gunmen at village Kundu of the state. 

Out of the 53 abductees, 20 are women, 24 men and nine children,” according to the report

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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