Gunmen invade village, abduct 9 in Niger



By Aminu Garko

Gunmen have abducted nine residents of Kuchi village, Munya Local Government Area, according to the Niger Police Command.

Commissioner of Police, Bala Kuryas confirmed the abduction in a telephone interview on Friday in Minna.

According to him, the police anti-kidnap squad had since been deployed to the area to rescue the victims.

“We have put in place sensitive security measures that will ensure the victims are rescued and are united with their loved ones.

”All we require from members of the general public is vital information that could aid our men on the ground to ensure successful operation,’’ he said.

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A source, who pleaded anonymity, said that gunmen on Thursday night invaded the community, and went from one house to another, waking residents before leading them into the bush through cattle routes.

Malam Musa Abubakar, a resident of Sarkin Pawa village, explained that the gunmen and their victims were currently stranded at the Kuchi river bank as the water had risen to a level they could not cross due to the heavy downpour through the night.

“As I speak to you, they are now stranded at the river because they could not cross.

“The water level has risen so high that they could not cross, so right now they are waiting for it to reduce before they can move with their victims,’’ Abubakar said.


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