Zamfara: Bandits kill one, abduct ex-Commissioners’ children, NSCDC officer

The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of four persons in the house of a former Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Mohammed Bello Dankande Gamji in his Gamji home town of Bakura Local Government Area of the state.

“This was made known in a press statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu.

“The report which was received at about 0500hrs of today indicates that, at about 0430hrs, a large number of armed bandits stormed the house and kidnapped two of his children and two others including an NSCDC officer on guard duty in the house.

One person was shot dead while a woman was wounded in the process” the statement indicated”

The police spokesperson said the command has already deployed armed and plain operatives on a search and rescue operations to rescue the kidnapped victims and apprehend the assailants.

“The Command further assures the former Commissioner and indeed all the people of the state that it is doing everything possible to get the abductees released as was done recently where six (6) kidnapped victims including two district heads of Basasa and Ruwan Gizo in Talata Mafara and Bakura Local Government Area were rescued safely by the Police”

“However, the Command appeals to members of the public to avoid confronting gunmen during such invasion but report the incident on time to the police or any security agency nearest to them for prompt action”

The statement assured that normalcy has been restored in the area while the Command will update members of the public on any development in this regard.

Foreigner abducted in Niger state killed

In another development, the Police Command in Niger State has confirmed the killing of a foreign national by suspected bandits.

The unnamed victim was abducted together with a Nigerian between Yankila and Regina villages in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the command had earlier confirmed their abduction.

Adamu Usman, the Commissioner of Police, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday, that body of the victim was recovered by the police in a bush in Pangu Gari, Gunna district of Rafi local government area.

He said the corpse had been conveyed by the police to Minna General Hospital for autopsy, while investigation was in progress.

Usman solicited the support of locals in volunteering information that would aid in apprehending the assailants and rescue of the Nigerian still in the kidnappers’ custody.

He said the victims were handling the rehabilitation of the bad portion of the federal road in the area when they were abducted.

“They have not informed the command of their operations in the state. We only knew their presence in the state due to this incident,” he said.

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