Niger: Bandits demand N50m for kidnapped victims, Emir raises alarm

The Etsu-Nupe and Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alh. Yahaya Abubakar, has called for an emergency meeting of districts and village heads over the kidnap of five persons in Batatti, Lavun local government area of Niger State by bandits. 

It was gathered that the bandits are currently demanding the sum of N50 million as ramsons on the five victims in their possession. The Bandits numbering ten yesterday, at about 8 p.m, stormed Batatti and kidnapped their victims while injuring many others. Also, other valuables, including laptops and handsets, were carted away.

According to an eyewitness account, the bandits about ten in number operated in the shop of one Kolade Olushola, at Batatti and other shops by the major Bida-Mokwa Road highway.

Among those that sustained injuries during the attack was one Zackaria who was at the shop to purchase a recharge card. 

The account also said the bandits arrived Batatti in a white Hi-Lux vehicle and perform congregational isha’i prayers with members of the community before shooting into the air. 

The action of bandits, the account stated, made shop owners, petty-business hawkers to abandon their wares and shops for safety.

After several hours of causing havoc in Batatti, they escaped the area through Gbangbagi community to the forest of Fazhi and Kutigi, the headquarters of Lavun local government area.

Efforts to get confirmation from the State Police Public Relations Officer, SDP Wasiu Abiodun, on the incident proved abortive.

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