Crime News

Bandits Kidnap Five In Niger, Emir of Bida Summons Emergency Meeting

The Etsu Nupe and Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has summoned an emergency meeting of districts and village heads following 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 ramson for the release of the five victims.

The Bandits numbering ten yesterday, at 8 pm stormed Batatti and kidnapped their victims while injuring many others.

Acording to Daily Post, valuables including laptops and handsets were carted away.

Eye witnesses told the newspaper that 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 Batati in a white hilux vehicle and perform congregational ishai 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 Batati, they escaped the area through Gbangbagi community to the forest of Fazhi and kutigi, the head quarters of lavun Local government.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PRO, SDP Wasiu Abiodun, had to respond to requests for confirmation, as at the time of filing this report.

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