Police confirm abduction of village head by gunmen in Katsina

Police confirm abduction of village head by gunmen in Katsina

- A village head in Batsari local government, Alhaji Bature Mai'unguwa, has been kidnapped

- Confirming the abduction, the police in Katsina said the village head was kidnapped by unknown gunmen while working on his farm

- The police also reminded the people that the state has suspended farming around Rugu forest areas

The Police command in Katsina state has confirmed the abduction of Alhaji Bature Mai’unguwa, the Village Head of Labo in Batsari local government area by unknown gunmen.

The police public relations officer, SP Gambo Isa, confirmed the abduction to newsmen on Wednesday, June 12, in Katsina, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said that the victim was abducted on Tuesday, June 11, afternoon while working on his farm at the outskirts of the village, near Rugu forest.

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"Operation Puff Adder responded to the distress call, but since it was far inside near Rugu forest, before they could reach, the hoodlums have already fled into the forest. We are following a lead that may assist us in rescuing him.

"The command is calling on communities in the affected areas to always form groups while going to their farms and inform security agents for security backup.

"We are reminding people of the state government’s directives on the suspension of farming activities around Rugu forest areas.

"Members of the communities are reminded to put security of their lives first before embarking on any activity,’’ he said.

NAN gathered that the gunmen invaded the village on motorcycles around 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, June 11, shot sporadically to pave way for their operation, abducted the village head, and fled into the forest.

In a related development, Leadership also reports the kidnapping of another village head named Mallam Labo in the same Batsari local government.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that bandits, described as herdsmen on Wednesday, June 12, attacked passengers on the Ife-Ibadan highway, killing one person.

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It was gathered that the dead man was identified as Adenipekun Ademiju, a worker in the Atakumosa west local government area of Osun state.

Ademiju was said to have boarded a vehicle at Osu town going to Ibadan when he and other passengers were attacked at Ikire community along the expressway.

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