Bandits attack bus, abduct 21 in Niger

Ø  Ambush, kill Air Force personnel in Kaduna

Bandits yesterday abducted 21 people at Yakila along Kagara-Zungeru road.

According to some eyewitness, the bandits attacked one of the buses of the Niger State Transport Authority and abducted all the occupants, except a woman and her child, at about 3pm yesterday.

Although the Niger State Police Command spokesperson, Wasiu Ibiodun, is yet to respond to the incident, the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Inga, however, confirmed the incident when contacted on a phone.

Inga, who was on his way from Kagara for the revalidation of his APC membership in the company of the Chief of Staff, said they met the scene where the bandit operated. He said they met a woman with her child who was left by the bandits who told them other 18 passengers in the bus had been taken away.

Inga, however, promised to get back to newsmen when he gets back to Minna and has more information.

In a related development, some personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) were feared dead in an ambush by bandits in Kaduna State. Reports said the incident occurred when the troops of the 271 NAF detachment foiled an ambush set up by a group of over 100 bandits at Ungwan-Laya near Birnin-Gwari.

The NAF spokesman, Air Vice-Marshall Ibikunle Daramola, who confirmed the incident said the troops were able to fight their way through the ambush “killing dozens of bandits in the process. Unfortunately, some NAF personnel paid the supreme price during the operation, while a few others sustained varying degrees of injuries. The injured personnel are currently receiving treatment at the NAF Hospital in Kaduna”, he said.

He said the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshall Oladayo Amao, commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes and prayed the Almighty God to grant their souls peaceful repose.

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