Two couples, two varsity students, an Islamic cleric, and six others are abducted in Zaria, Zamfara, and Niger states by bandits
Suspected bandits have abducted six people in the Kofar Gayan area of Kaduna State’s Zaria Local Government Area.
According to a security source who spoke to DailyTrust, the bandits broke into the area around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, and kidnapped the victims after sporadic gunshots.
Kofar Gayan has a history of frequent abductions by bandits, including a Customs officer who was freed after paying a ransom after 69 days in captivity.
According to the source, those kidnapped included Khalifa Ibrahim and his wife Karima, an Islamic cleric named Abdulkadir Alarama, Idris Musa, and Ikira Isihaka, all of whom were from the Kofan Gayan area.
In a similar development, bandits abducted four persons in Dama area of Gusau, Zamfara State four days ago.
One Yunusa Idris, who confirmed the incident said the victims include his friend, Kabiru Rabiu Suleiman Tsafe and two students of the Federal University Gusau.
“Bandits entered dama area Gusau and kidnapped four (4) people including my good friend Kabiru Rabiu Suleiman Tsafe and one staff of the Federal university Gusau who happens to be his room neighbor and two (2) returning students. Sulaiman Lawal Makaman Tudun Wada, a student of Federal University Gusau was one of the four (4) people who were kidnapped yesterday in Damba area Gusau. Please help him with prayers. May God deliver him from their hands.” he wrote.
Bandits also abducted one Shehu Usman, a nursing officer with General Hospital Kagara.
His friend, Bilyaminu Bala Yahya, who confirmed the incident in a Facebook post, said Usman was abducted in Pandogari, Niger state.
“A senior colleague of mine at ABU Zaria Department of Nursing Sciences and a Nursing Officer working with GENERAL HOSPITAL KAGARA by name Shehu Usman was kidnapped today in Pandogari, Niger State. Please include him and his family in your prayers. May Allah SWT free him from the kidnappers unharmed and safe. Amin.” he wrote.