- Kidnappers have struck again in the Lagbeta community of Kogi state, killing one and abducting a family of six
- The family members were said to have been harvesting some seeds on their farm when the kidnappers invaded the area
- One member of the family who tried to escape the incident was said to have been shot and killed on the spot
Some kidnappers operating in a Lagbeta community in the Kogi local government area of Kogi state have abducted six members of a family in the area.
Daily Trust reports that the kidnappers killed a man simply identified as Ayuba in the community while abducting their victims.
A relation of the victims of the auction, Ishaya Bulus, said the incident occurred on Wednesday, November 24, in the community located on the busy Abuja-Lokoja Expressway.
According to Bulus, the incident took place at about 10.12 am when the abducted victims were harvesting seeds on their farm.
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He noted that Ayuba, one of the family members of the abducted victims was shot by the kidnappers while he tried to escape the ordeal.
“They were busy harvesting beniseeds when the kidnappers suddenly appeared and rounded them up at gunpoint.”
He added that while the family of the victims are waiting to establish contact with the kidnappers, Ayuba's body has been deposited in a mortuary in the area.
Vigilantes combing the forest in search of victims
To ensure that the victims of the abduction are rescued and the perpetrators brought to book, a member of the vigilante group in Kotonkafe local government area said a search party has been deployed into the forest.
The vigilante member who spoke on anonymity said his team members were combing the forest around the area in order to trace the kidnappers’ hideout.
The spokesperson of the Kogi state police command, CSP Williams Aya, did not pick his calls and also did not reply to a text message sent to him.
Gumi provides succour to herdsmen in a Kogi forest
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that controversial Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi, has led a medical team into a forest in Kogi state.
The medical team, Legit.ng gathered would help render some kind of tremendous assistance to Fulani settlements across the country.
The settlement is located in Ayangban grazing reserve in Yagba local government area of Kogi state.
Sheikh Gumi advises Nigerians on how to treat bandits
Also, in a recent move to protect some of the bandits, Gumi had urged every Nigerian to treat them with some level of dignity.
The ever-controversial Islamic scholar condemned the dehumanisation and terrorising of bandits operating in the northwest region of the country.
He said that Nigerians can live in peace with the criminals with a few tips he made available.