Police React As Gunmen Abduct 60 Wedding Guests in Katsina

Police React As Gunmen Abduct 60 Wedding Guests in Katsina

  • Some guests at a recent wedding held in Katsina state experienced misfortune
  • They were kidnapped and whisked away to an unknown destination by unknown gunmen
  • The state government confirmed the incident and noted that a rescue operation for the 60 wedding guests had begun

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed Damari town in the Sabuwa local government area of Katsina state and kidnapped 60 wedding guests.

Bandits, police, Katsina state
Unknown gunmen have abducted sixty wedding guests in Katsina state. The government has launched a rescue operation. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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As reported by The Punch, the Katsina state government confirmed the abduction and disclosed that rescue operations have commenced.

Reacting, the state internal security commissioner, Muazu Nasiru, on Saturday, February 3, disclosed that the government was aware of the kidnap and had launched operations to ensure that the victims were rescued.

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The commissioner said:

“We are aware of the kidnap incident at Sabuwa and we have launched rescue operations to ensure that the victims regain their freedom. Thanks.”

How the wedding guests were abducted

According to reports, the wedding guests, predominantly friends of the bride from Dandume, were escorting her home when they were ambushed while travelling in an open van, Daily Trust reported.

Their convoy was attacked, and the assault, which transpired around 9pm on Thursday, February 1, resulted in the tragic death of three persons and the abduction of 60 wedding guests.

Sabuwa and Dandume are among the local government areas in Katsina state significantly impacted by relentless banditry activities, further complicated by informants collaborating with the criminals.

Meanwhile, the state police spokesperson, Abubakar Aliyu, confirmed the incident via a text message to The Punch.

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According to Aliyu, 35 women were abducted by suspected armed bandits. He stated:

“The command has deployed its intelligence and operational assets towards ensuring the prompt and unhurt rescue of the kidnapped victims. Further developments will be communicated in due course.”

Abducted Ekiti school children, teachers freed

In a similar development, Legit.ng reported that the children of the Apostolic Faith Group School in the Emure community in Ekiti had been freed by their kidnappers after spending seven days in captivity.

The four pupils were released along with three school staff members. However, the driver, Taye Rasaki, who was kidnapped with them, was killed by the abductors.

However, reports came in Sunday morning that the bandits had set them free.

Source: Legit.ng

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