Niger: Bandits kidnap 30 travelling passengers

Armed bandits have allegedly kidnapped over 30 passengers at Garun-Gabas, in Rafi local government area of Niger State.

It was gathered that the bandits abducted the victims on Wednesday afternoon along the Zungeru-Garin-Gabas highway on three separate vehicles.
The victims were said to be traveling in an 18-seater bus and two other vehicles when they ran into the gunmen.

According to reports, eyewitnesses said the bandits blocked the road shooting sporadically into the air to scare villagers who scampered in various directions before whisking the passengers away to an unknown location.

A resident of the area who did not want the name mentioned, said after kidnapping the travellers the bandits in large numbers ran into the Kundu forest in Rafi to rustle cattle.

The Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, when contacted, promised to get back, but was unable to do so as at the time of filing in this report.

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