- The abduction of many Nigerians including travellers, farmers and businessmen have continued to top headline across the country
- Shiroro local government area in Niger state was on Thursday, November 25, hit by activities of some yet-to-be-identified bandits
- The bandits succeeded in kidnapping five people who were returning from the popular weekly market in the area when they were abducted
Five travellers who were returning from the weekly Beji market in Niger state have been abducted by armed men suspected to be bandits.
The incident which took place on Thursday, November 25, occurred along the Beji-Manta Road in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The Punch reports that the travellers were waylaid on their way back from the weekly market in the area when the bandits whisked them away to an unknown destination.
An eyewitness who spoke on the matter said security agencies in the state are not aware of the incident.
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The eyewitness who identified himself as Umar, called during a radio phone-in programme to pass the information across to the secretary to the Niger state government, Ahmed Matane.
According to Umar, no effort has been made by any of the security agencies in the state to rescue the victims of the abduction.
He also said that most criminal cases and that of incessant abduction in the hinterland areas of the state are usually not reported through the conventional channels.
Niger state government reacts to the abduction
In his reaction to the report, the Niger state's SSG said immediate action would be taken by the government to ensure the rescue of the victims.
Matane said the perpetrators of the crime would also be apprehended and appropriate justice measures would be taken.
"This is one of the underreporting that we are talking about. Until now that I am hearing this, we never knew of these people who were kidnapped along Beji-Manta road. But now that we have been alerted, we will do something about it.”
Police reaction to the abduction Shiroro local government area
In his reaction, the spokesperson for the Niger state police command, Wasiu Abiodun, said he would that feedback be given on the matter.
As of the time of writing the report, the police is yet to make any update on the rescue efforts of the victim available to the public.
Incessant kidnapping by bandits in Niger state
Recall that in its recent report, Sahara Reporters said no fewer than 10 people were abducted during an invasion by some bandits in the Bassa community.
Bassa community is located in the same Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The bandits were said to have stormed the community in the early hours of the day and carried out the abductions.
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The victims of the abduction were said to have been harvesting some seeds in their farm when the incident happened.
Also, one person, simply identified as Ayuba, was killed while he tried to escape from the scene of the incident.
Sheikh Gumi urges Nigerians to treat bandits with dignity
Also, a controversial Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi, has called on Nigerians to desist from treating bandits carrying out criminal attacks in several communities across the country with disdain.
The Islamic scholar urged every Nigerian to treat them with some level of dignity.
He also said that Nigerians can live in peace with the criminals with a few tips he made available which he said can be adopted by Nigerians.