Unknown gunmen reportedly abduct police officers travelling to Zamfara

Unknown gunmen reportedly abduct police officers travelling to Zamfara

- Another kidnapping incident has reportedly occurred in the northern part of Nigeria

- Some police officers who went missing are reported to have been kidnapped by gunmen

- The kidnappers are said to have been making demands for ransom from relatives of the victims

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A report has emerged that some assistant-superintendents of police (ASPs) heading to Zamfara from Borno state have been abducted by some gunmen.

Unknown gunmen abduct 12 police officers travelling to Zamfara
Men of the Nigerian police force on duty. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola
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The Cable, citing a report from the BBC stated that the police officers were on their way for a special operation when they were kidnapped.

The incident which was said to have occurred 12 days ago was just reported on Tuesday, November 17.

The wife of one of the abducted police officers said she was told that her husband had been kidnapped when she visited the police barracks in Borno after not hearing from him for three days.

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She was quoted to have disclosed that her husband called and asked her to raise the ransom money by selling their home.

She said:

“He called me on Wednesday and told me that he was in the hands of the kidnappers."

According to the woman, her husband pleaded with her to raise at least N1 million.

The Nigerian police force has not made any comment about the incident.

In another report, there was panic in Jigawa state when a woman wearing a hijab reportedly kidnapped a five-year-old boy named Muhmad Tasiu, in Dutse, the state capital.

Eyewitnesses said the boy went missing on Sunday, November 15, shortly after he was seen with the unidentified woman, Premium Times reported.

A hijab is a veil worn by some Muslim women to cover their heads and chests to maintain modesty and privacy from any male outside of their immediate family.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has said the Nigerian Army is overwhelmed by the security situation in the country because its personnel have been overstretched in the provision of internal security.

Senator Ali Ndume made the statement on Monday, November 16, during his visit to various army formations in Kaduna state, Vanguard reported.

The lawmaker who serves as the chairman Senate committee on the army pointed out that constitutionally, the army should not be involved in civil security arrangements.

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