- Dr Mahmud Aliy, district head of Wawa community, has been kidnapped by suspected bandits in Niger state
- According to reports, the district head was kidnapped in his palace on Saturday by the criminals
- The Nigerian police have confirmed the incident, adding that their men were already on the trail of the suspects
In another heartbreaking episode for Nigerians, a district head has been kidnapped by bandits in Niger state.
The latest victim, Dr Mahmud Aliy, is the district head of Wawa community in Borgu kingdom. He was kidnapped in his palace around 9.30pm on Saturday, September 4, Punch Newspaper reports.
The criminals were reported to have stormed the palace with different weapons and went straight to the community leader’s room after he had retired to bed. He was kidnapped in the presence of his wives.
Police take action
Meanwhile, the police have confirmed the news, adding that operatives were already on the trail of the suspects.
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Nigerians have continued to react to the news. In his reaction on Facebook, Audu Bulama Bukarti wrote:
"Zamfara state has announced that the NAF has conducted aerial bombardment on the camp of Dankarami, a notorious bandit leader, where fleeing terrorists were killed. Meanwhile, BBC Hausa reports that terrorists have committed three high-profile abductions in three separate states.
"A senior traditional ruler was kidnapped in Niger and another was abducted in Jigawa as were the wife & children of member of the Katsina State Assembly. Jigawa is a worrying indication as the state had relatively been calm, but violent incidents there have recently been growing."
Unknown gunmen strike again abduct lawmaker's wife, children
The family were abducted on Saturday night, September 4, after the bandits invaded Kurami, the hometown of the lawmaker representing Bakori constituency in Katsina House of Assembly.
Some bandits who came on motorcycles blocked the Funtua-Katsina road while the abduction of the Kurami family went on at his home. According to the report, the incident occurred nearly a year after the lawmaker himself was kidnapped.
Bandits free 4 kidnapped victims after 67 days as gift to northern community
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that six out of the 28 people who were abducted by bandits from Batsari town of Katsina state have regained their freedom.
The victims had been kidnapped in May along with 22 others when the gunmen invaded the town.
After holding the residents captive for 67 days, the bandits noted that 4 out of the 6 were released as Sallah gifts to their community in Katsina state.
Insecurity: Katsina governor cries out
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina said that at least 10 out of the 34 local government areas of the state are under siege of bandits and other criminal elements.
The governor, who disclosed this on Thursday, August 5, in Katsina when the Cheif of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Farouk Yahaya visited him in his office, said the residents of the state could not sleep with their two eyes closed.
Masari stated that he and his people are disturbed by this issue of banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery, saying that they record at least one or two incidents every day.