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‘Terrorists Kidnap 50 from Niger Village’

About 50 villagers have been reportedly kidnapped at Kaffin-Koro, a suburb community in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State when bandits laid siege on the village on Wednesday.

The gun-wielding terrorists, WikkiTimes gathered, invaded the community around 4: 00 pm on the day, a resident, Ismail Abdulazeez Gunduma told WikkiTimes.

“The incident happened after 4:00 pm when terrorists invaded a part of the community,” he said.  “The terrorists kidnapped more than 50 people but none of the residents were killed in the community.”

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He noted that the terror gangs have yet to contact the abductees’ families.

“They just went away with them and they have not contacted anyone now. They might still be moving the victims from one place to another,” he said.

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Last month, bandits stormed Essan village in Gwam ward of Paikoro and kidnapped 20 persons. According to Gunduma, the locals were kidnapped after they returned from Jumaat prayers.

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“It took a week before they (bandits) responded because they demanded for 5 million for one person,” he told WikkiTimes. “Twenty persons were kidnapped and 18 were able to be rescued. One escaped and a N5 million ransom is being demanded for the only person remaining in captivity.”

The victims being held got married five days after Sallah festival, WikkiTimes learnt.

Efforts to reach Wasiu Abiodiu, police spokesman in Niger State proved abortive. A text message sent to him had not been responded to as of press time.

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