- Four officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been reportedly kidnapped at a border town in Katsina
- The officers and other travellers abducted by suspected bandits were taken away to an undisclosed location
- An officer of the agency confirmed the incident and said the situation is being studied
Reports say four officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have been kidnapped at Jibia local government area of Katsina state, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.
The NCS, however, is yet to release an official confirmation of the incident, but Leadership newspaper reports that a senior officer of the agency said it is true.
The public relations officer of the customs in Katsina, Peter Duniya, declined to comment, saying that he was on leave.
The report quoted a witness as saying the officers were abducted at the Dan-Bedi Customs checkpoint on the Jibia-Batsari highway and taken away to an unknown destination.
The incident, the report said, occurred at about 10 am on Wednesday, January 8.
One witness was quoted as saying the bandits rode on a number of motorcycles, arrived the checkpoint and overpowered the officers.
"The gunmen also seized several motorists and passengers and disappeared with them into the nearby Rugu forest," the witness said.
The report quoted a senior officer of the customs as saying: “Yes, we are aware of the incident but it is still fresh as it just happened...and an investigation is still ongoing.
"We have not even compiled the report and of course, I am not the right person to speak officially on the issue."
Bandits had recently blocked a part of the Jibia-Batsari road and reportedly kidnapped about 19 motorists and passengers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier how Nigerian soldiers attacked the hideouts and camps of bandits located around Jibia forests in Katsina state.
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The report said heavy gunshots were heard as vehicles and planes conveying the soldiers were seen moving into the forests.
The soldiers, the report added, invaded the forests after Jibia town was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday, January 8.
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