Bandits who came in large numbers invaded some houses and a hotel around 1:35 am on Tuesday, August 3 and took away two children and five adults at Anguwar Kwankwashe in Suleija, Niger state. Two of the kidnap victims however escaped from their abductors.
An eyewitness, Shehu Abdulkadir said; “They split into groups to attack homes from where they took their victims.
“It was even the sound of their gunshot that woke me up. I walked quietly to check the window and discovered that they were kidnappers, some of them even dressed like soldiers.”
A vigilante, who preferred anonymity, said he alerted men of the C police division immediately he heard the sound of the sporadic gunshots in the area. He said the vigilante and the police from the C division engaged the kidnappers in a shootout, but they still escaped with their victims.
When contacted, the Madalla Divisional Police Officer (DPO) CSP Adamu Mohammed, confirmed the kidnap incident but declined to speak further.
He asked to contact the Niger state PPRO for more details, saying he was not authorized to speak with the press.