Niger: ’25 days after, no news about 30 passengers abducted’ – State govt.

Twenty-five days after 30 passengers in three different vehicles were abducted by gunmen at Garun-Gabas in Rafi Local government area of Niger State, the State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that the State government had not heard anything about them.

According to him, the abductors are silent and the government is not aware of any of the families of the abductees have been contacted.

Speaking to newsmen at the weekend, in Minna, the State capital, Bello however said that a special tactical team from the office of the Inspector-General of Police is investigating the abduction.

According to him, ”We haven’t heard anything more with regards to that incident; but I know that there is a special tactical team from the office of the Inspector-General of Police, investigating the matter”.

Recall that on October 20, some gunmen abducted 30 passengers in three different vehicles at Garun-Gabas, located in Rafi local government area of the State. The gunmen were said to have barricaded the Zungeru-Garun Gabas highway and stopped vehicles that were unfortunate to have arrived while they were there.

The governor, who commended the efforts of the security agencies in curbing the insecurity situation in some parts of the State, said that his government is ever willing to support the fight against banditry and kidnapping by providing equipment that will help the operations of the security agencies in the affected areas.

He noted that the synergy amongst the security agencies has improved as they have been able to repel major attacks in Pandogari and environs recently.

Bello, however, noted that Shiroro, Munya and Rafi LGAs still have security issues due to the presence of Boko Haram elements, while assuring that his administration will continue to engage the security agencies to come up with better strategies to address insecurity.

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